Arts/Education

Durham University - The Gillian Dickinson Learning Centre

“The Gillian Dickinson Learning Suite has quickly become an essential hub for giving a wide range of communities the benefit of engaging with our own historic and other visiting collections in close proximity, here in this unique setting. We are so pleased to be able to intrigue and fascinate our visitors in this excellent, purpose-built space." - Dr Sarah Price, Head of Access and Learning for the University Library

The Gillian Dickinson Learning Centre is based within the heart of Durham University’s Palace Green Library on the UNESCO World Heritage Site shared with Durham Castle and Cathedral. The Centre is an integral part of the University Library’s Learning Team’s ability to deliver workshops and activities for schools, families, and lifelong learners. Since the Centre opened in May 2014, the team has delivered sessions for over 8000 schoolchildren and engaged with an additional 2,500 people through a wide-ranging programme including an under-5s club, lectures and seminars, conferences and classes for local and family historians. The Centre has played host to activities as diverse as a Japanese Flower Festival, print workshops, teachers' PD days, and even a session on creating ceramic noodle bowls and teapots!

In summer 2015, the Centre will be at the core of the engagement programme to support the forthcoming Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition. Building on the legacy of the award-winning Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition in 2013, which attracted 120,000+ visitors to the region, the team have an exciting programme planned to enhance the exhibition experience going forward.

Dr Sarah Price, Head of Access and Learning for the University Library, confirms: “The Gillian Dickinson Learning Suite has quickly become an essential hub for giving a wide range of communities the benefit of engaging with our own historic and other visiting collections in close proximity, here in this unique setting. We are so pleased to be able to intrigue and fascinate our visitors in this excellent, purpose-built space.

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