Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens Ushaw is a venue for Arts, Heritage and Business a few miles from Durham City. Open for Tours; Concerts; Events; Exhibitions; Accommodation; Food; Weddings; Meetings and Conferences. A hidden gem of Victorian Gothic architecture in picturesque parkland.

Great piece in the Northern Echo about Brian's win... Brian Harvey, Ushaw Volunteer Gardener is Durham Tourism Superstar...
13/07/2019
Volunteer gardener Brian, 90, is crowned Durham Tourism Superstar

Great piece in the Northern Echo about Brian's win...
Brian Harvey, Ushaw Volunteer Gardener is Durham Tourism Superstar 2019.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17764574.ushaw-gardener-brian-county-durham-tourism-superstar/

#Ushaw #BrianHarvey #DurhamTourismSuperstar #VolunteerGardener

A 90-YEAR-OLD volunteer gardener at a former Catholic seminary which has become a popular visitor attraction has been named a superstar of the…

Our gardens are looking amazing - come and enjoy some quality time in them, and admire our volunteer gardeners' hard wor...
11/07/2019

Our gardens are looking amazing - come and enjoy some quality time in them, and admire our volunteer gardeners' hard work.
Treat yourself to a picnic basket 0191 334 5119.

#Ushaw #Gardens #Picnic

Don't forget to join us at 12:15 today (Thursday 11th) for an organ recital with Richard Openshaw. We're looking forward...
11/07/2019

Don't forget to join us at 12:15 today (Thursday 11th) for an organ recital with Richard Openshaw. We're looking forward to it - it's going to be great...

#Ushaw #LiveMusic #OrganRecital

Come along and enjoy an organ recital by our Events and Conference Co-ordinator, and renowned organist Richard Openshaw.

July 11th, retiring collection

STOP PRESSOur very own Brian Harvey has just won Durham Tourism Superstar. Well done Brian from all at Ushaw and beyond....
10/07/2019

STOP PRESS
Our very own Brian Harvey has just won Durham Tourism Superstar. Well done Brian from all at Ushaw and beyond.
Many thanks to everyone who voted.

#Ushaw #BrianHarvey #DurhamTourismSuperstar #VolunteerGardener

09/07/2019

Artist Mat Collishaw talks about his new artwork at Ushaw - an animatronic eagle called The Nerve Rack

STAR WARS ANIMATRONICS EXPERT HELPSARTIST CREATE MOVING EAGLE SCULPTURE AN ANIMATRONICS expert responsible for creating ...
05/07/2019

STAR WARS ANIMATRONICS EXPERT HELPS
ARTIST CREATE MOVING EAGLE SCULPTURE

AN ANIMATRONICS expert responsible for creating monsters for Star Wars and Doctor Who has brought a new art installation to life in the North-East.

Adam Keenan worked with acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw on a spectacular life-sized robotic eagle which has gone on show at Ushaw, near Durham.

Adam’s career highlights include producing creative effects in the Star Wars movies, including working on the droids in The Last Jedi. He has also made scary creatures for Doctor Who, notably the Minotaur in The God Complex.

London-based Mat Collishaw is a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths’ College in the late 1980s.

He began collaborating with Adam last year, with an animatronic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I, called “The Mask of Youth” at Queen’s House in Greenwich.

The animatronic eagle, entitled The Nerve Rack, will be on display outside St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw until November 2.
The artwork was inspired by one of the treasures of Ushaw, a lectern topped with a bronze sculpture of an eagle, designed by Augustus Pugin, and exhibited in the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851.

Mat designed a skeletal animatronic eagle to confront Pugin’s sculpture inside a large barrier, symbolizing the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Elizabethan times.

He was also influenced after reading The Sincere and Modest Defence of English Catholics (1584), which was annotated by the Elizabethans’ chief priest hunter and torturer Richard Topcliffe.

The name “The Nerve Rack” combines the ancient instrument of torture with the test of faith faced by those persecuted for their religious beliefs.

“I wanted to show the church as a machine trying to fulfil a function, alongside the brutality, torture and suffering between two religions,” said Mat.

“Topcliffe was a sadist who took pleasure in the pain of others, so the eagle is laid bare to show its inner workings, stripped of heraldic power yet still sinister. It’s taken nine months to complete but I’m thrilled to see it in such a stunning place with so much history.”

Adam added: “It’s been a long, complicated project because the creatures I normally make have the animatronics covered by skin or feathers. This time, everything is open to view, which makes it trickier.”

Lucy Jenkins, Heritage and Curatorial Manager at Ushaw, said: “This is our third public art installation at Ushaw but the first new commission of a site-specific work created for the space. To have an artist of Mat’s calibre involved in hugely exciting for us and we’re all looking forward to experiencing this new work, created in response to our history, collections and architecture.”

Watch Mat Collishaw talking about the artwork while it comes to life in the background at Ushaw

https://youtu.be/5Ljnsamjj-w

We had the official opening of our new exhibition last night. Incredible sight to see - our Pugin lecturn eagle and the ...
05/07/2019

We had the official opening of our new exhibition last night. Incredible sight to see - our Pugin lecturn eagle and the anamatronic eagle having a stand off. Photos don't do it justice, you really do need to come and watch it moving...
The Nerve Rack exhibition is a MUST SEE - on display until 2nd November!

#Ushaw #NerveRack #ArtExhibition #Anamatronics #MatCollishaw

This is Durham
04/07/2019

This is Durham

Time is running out to vote for your Durham Tourism Superstar!!

Your finalists are:-
⭐ Brian Harvey: Volunteer Gardener at Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens.
⭐ Hannah Fawcett: Lead Visitor Assistant at The Bowes Museum.
⭐ Lilli Broadbent: Visitor Desk Assistant at Durham Cathedral.
⭐ Peter Robinson: Guest Experience Co-ordinator at Crook Hall & Gardens.
⭐ Tori Goodall: Head Falconer at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey.

Who will get your vote? Meet our fantastic finalists here and get voting before 12noon tomorrow 05/07/19 >> http://bit.ly/dtss2019

Our new exhibition The Nerve Rack starts this Friday, it is now in place opposite the Lecturn Eagle. It's all very excit...
03/07/2019

Our new exhibition The Nerve Rack starts this Friday, it is now in place opposite the Lecturn Eagle. It's all very exciting!

#Ushaw #NerveRack #ArtExhibition #MatCollishaw

Please get voting everyone - only 2 more days to go!
03/07/2019

Please get voting everyone - only 2 more days to go!

Please don't forget to vote Brian Harvey for Durham Tourism Superstar - Volunteer Gardener at Ushaw...

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17719636.vote-now-for-your-durham-tourism-superstar-2019/

Brian is a huge asset to Ushaw, he is 90 years old, and an active member of our volunteer gardening team. He originally arrived at Ushaw as an 11 year old school boy (80 years ago), and has had a constant relationship with the College throughout the years.

When the Seminary closed and Ushaw was reborn as a cultural and heritage attraction, a volunteer programme began and Brian (who was always a keen gardener) was keen to step up to the challenge. Our gardens are exceptional, and are enjoyed by our visitors throughout the seasons - our gardening team are pivotal to this success and maintain them wonderfully.

Brian is the epitome of what being part of the Ushaw Team is all about, he cares passionately about the place and is a great advocate of our heritage. Brian is at the forefront of activity and interactions with visitors, he is always happy to answers questions, discuss new planting and information on future plans. He is always keen to take our visitors on an historic journey of the estate and of our buildings, to talk visitors through our spiritual heritage, and to entertain them with stories of our sports history.

Brian is also called upon to meet with visiting dignitaries, as he is such a wonderful ambassador for Ushaw - he most recently helped the Duke of Kent plant trees to commemorate the visit.

When asked why he still does this and doesn’t just sit with his feet up - he says he has always considered Ushaw his home, and instilled in him is the ‘Ushaw Spirit’ ‘all for one, and one for all’ - his dedication to Ushaw is unwavering. Visitors love to chat with Brian, and everyone refers to him as a complete gentleman, a highlight of their visit.

#Ushaw #TourismSuperstar #VounteerGardeners #Gardens

03/07/2019

MODELS WITH DOWN'S SYNDROME
LIGHT UP PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

The latest exhibition to open at a historic North-East visitor attraction is giving starring roles to a group of models with Down’s Syndrome.

The “Look At Me” exhibition, which has opened at Ushaw, near Durham, is aimed at raising awareness of the condition and the work of the Down's Syndrome North East charity.

The display features 36 models, aged from just a few months old to 38, whose images were beautifully captured by creative photographer Kayla Wren in September 2017.

Kayla, who has a brother with Down’s Syndrome, had previously created an exhibition called “Chromosome 21” at The Junkyard, in Newcastle, which was aimed at dispelling prejudices about people with the condition.

When Kayla took the photographs for “Look At Me”, she invited the models to bring something that was important to them. They were also asked to think about what they would like to wear and how they wanted to pose.

The result is a remarkable and poignant exhibition which has been hosted at a wide range of venues, including the Marriott Hotel at the Metrocentre, Sunderland Minster, Durham Town Hall, Gosforth Civic Theatre, and a host of colleges across the North-East.

Comments left in a commemorative book include one from the Bishop of Durham, describing the exhibition as “A glorious celebration of life and joy in living.”

Two thousand posters, featuring all 36 models, have also been produced free of charge by North-East printers and displayed in public buildings, including workplaces, post offices, and community centres.

Look At Me has now opened at Ushaw and runs until the end of August. The exhibition also features the six photographs produced by Kayla for her Chromosome 21 project – placing people with Down’s Syndrome in iconic paintings such as the Mona Lisa and Girl With The Pearl Earring.

Down’s Syndrome North East trustee Ros Collinson, whose son Andrew is the oldest of the models, said: “The exhibition has really raised awareness of Down’s Syndrome as well as the charity, and we are delighted that it has now come to the magnificent, peaceful setting of Ushaw, which is such a special place.

“We want people to understand that people with Down’s Syndrome share the same emotions, challenges and ambitions as everyone else, and are valued as individuals.”

Lucy Jenkins, Culture and Heritage Manager at Ushaw, added: “We are thrilled to be able to host such a stunning, inspiring exhibition, and to play our part in raising awareness of the vital role played by Down’s Syndrome North East.”

• To find out more about Down’s Syndrome North East, visit http://www.dsne.org.uk/

Down's Syndrome North East - Main Page

MUSICAL EVENING TO HONOUR INSPIRATIONAL FIGUREThere will be more than a touch of poignancy when talented young conductor...
02/07/2019

MUSICAL EVENING TO HONOUR INSPIRATIONAL FIGURE

There will be more than a touch of poignancy when talented young conductor Alex Chisholm-Loxley presents an evening of ‘Music Through the Ages’ in St Cuthbert's Chapel at Ushaw, on Thursday, 4 July.
Alex will be remembering the founder of the 30-strong choir, and Development Director of Ushaw, Roger Kelly, whose recent, untimely death has shocked everyone who knew and worked with him.
The popular choir will be singing a repertoire that takes a musical tour from the 1500s to date, and includes: Tallis - If ye love me; Bach - Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring; Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus; Stanford - The Blue Bird; Lauridsen - O Nata Lux, and Whittaker - The Seal Lullaby.
Alex, who has been Director of the Ushaw Chapel Choir since its inception in 2017, has also taken on Roger’s mantel as Director of Crook and Weardale Choral Society, where he previously held the role of Deputy Conductor.
The Chapel Choir is keen to recruit new members, and anyone interested in auditioning should contact Ushaw.
The free performance of ‘Music Through the Ages’ will start at 7.30pm, and there will be a retiring collection.

29/06/2019
The Nerve Rack

Opening next week - The Nerve Rack by Mat Collishaw.
Artwork in final stages of completion...

#Ushaw #TheNerveRack #MatCollishaw #ArtExhibitions #Museummustsee #Durham19

Please don't forget to vote Brian Harvey for Durham Tourism Superstar - Volunteer Gardener at Ushaw...https://www.thenor...
28/06/2019

Please don't forget to vote Brian Harvey for Durham Tourism Superstar - Volunteer Gardener at Ushaw...

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17719636.vote-now-for-your-durham-tourism-superstar-2019/

Brian is a huge asset to Ushaw, he is 90 years old, and an active member of our volunteer gardening team. He originally arrived at Ushaw as an 11 year old school boy (80 years ago), and has had a constant relationship with the College throughout the years.

When the Seminary closed and Ushaw was reborn as a cultural and heritage attraction, a volunteer programme began and Brian (who was always a keen gardener) was keen to step up to the challenge. Our gardens are exceptional, and are enjoyed by our visitors throughout the seasons - our gardening team are pivotal to this success and maintain them wonderfully.

Brian is the epitome of what being part of the Ushaw Team is all about, he cares passionately about the place and is a great advocate of our heritage. Brian is at the forefront of activity and interactions with visitors, he is always happy to answers questions, discuss new planting and information on future plans. He is always keen to take our visitors on an historic journey of the estate and of our buildings, to talk visitors through our spiritual heritage, and to entertain them with stories of our sports history.

Brian is also called upon to meet with visiting dignitaries, as he is such a wonderful ambassador for Ushaw - he most recently helped the Duke of Kent plant trees to commemorate the visit.

When asked why he still does this and doesn’t just sit with his feet up - he says he has always considered Ushaw his home, and instilled in him is the ‘Ushaw Spirit’ ‘all for one, and one for all’ - his dedication to Ushaw is unwavering. Visitors love to chat with Brian, and everyone refers to him as a complete gentleman, a highlight of their visit.

#Ushaw #TourismSuperstar #VounteerGardeners #Gardens

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens
27/06/2019

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

Nigel Ogden, until quite recently, was broadcasting to the nation and beyond as the presenter of BBC Radio 2's weekly programme, 'The Organist Entertains.'
His light and light classical programme will include music by Coates, Mendelssohn and Gershwin.

Saturday, 29 June at 2.00pm in St. Cuthbert's Chapel.
Retiring collection.

We're looking forward to our next exhibition - which starts 5th July. It's a new commission from internationally renowne...
26/06/2019

We're looking forward to our next exhibition - which starts 5th July. It's a new commission from internationally renowned British artist Mat Collishaw exploring the themes of martyrdom and treason, worship and heresy.
Here's a taster of the unfinished artwork...

#Ushaw #ArtExhibitions #matcollishaw #nerverack

Nigel Ogden, until quite recently, was broadcasting to the nation and beyond as the presenter of BBC Radio 2's weekly pr...
24/06/2019

Nigel Ogden, until quite recently, was broadcasting to the nation and beyond as the presenter of BBC Radio 2's weekly programme, 'The Organist Entertains.'
His light and light classical programme will include music by Coates, Mendelssohn and Gershwin.

Saturday, 29 June at 2.00pm in St. Cuthbert's Chapel.
Retiring collection.

Come along and enjoy an organ recital by our Events and Conference Co-ordinator, and renowned organist Richard Openshaw....
23/06/2019

Come along and enjoy an organ recital by our Events and Conference Co-ordinator, and renowned organist Richard Openshaw.

July 11th, retiring collection

It's a beautiful sunny day - come and enjoy our gardens, or our afternoon of Brass - treat yourself to a picnic, which c...
22/06/2019

It's a beautiful sunny day - come and enjoy our gardens, or our afternoon of Brass - treat yourself to a picnic, which can be ordered on arrival in the Refectory.

Order yourself a Picnic Basket for the weekend and enjoy a lovely afternoon in our gardens.

#Ushaw #Picnic #Sunny

Address

College Road
Durham
DH7 9RH

General information

SAT NAV postcode DH7 7DW. Disabled access, toilet facilities and parking available.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

0191 3345119

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