Events Diary

The World Heritage Site is a hive of activity, with many concerts, plays, talks and other events. What will you find of interest?

The events shown are taking place on or around Durham World Heritage Site. If you are organising an event, please tell us about it.

'A Forgotten Campaign'

An exhibition on the Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I

From the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in Sudan hungered to play their part in the Great War raging across Europe.

Ali Dinar, the Sultan of Darfur, was painted by officials as a dangerous jihadist and ally of the Ottomans and a force of 2000 men was sent into Darfur to remove him. Although the British were outnumbered, their military technology prevailed. This exhibition uses images from Durham University’s Sudan Archive to tell the story of the invasion and its aftermath, British occupation and the longer term impact on the region.

Please note, this exhibition includes images that some people may find distressing.


The Oriental Museum is open 10am-5pm on weekdays and 12-5pm weekends and bank holidays. Normal admissions prices apply. Adults: £1.50, Concessions and children (5-16): 75p, under 5's, students, Durham University staff, Art Fund and Museums Association: free.