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// About us

Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation in the North East of England and based in Durham City. We deilver exhibitions & events, collaborate on projects and run a licenced cultural venue. Formed in 2008, Empty Shop is completely independent and unfunded by choice. ...read more

// Upcoming Events

Feb
8
Sun
The House of Usher @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

As part of Durham Drama Festival, Empty Shop is excited to welcome an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe short-stories.

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Inspired by the works of Gothic novelist Edgar Allan Poe, THE HOUSE OF USHER brings to life the stories of the dead. Tales of betrayal, insanity, lust and namely murder are intertwined throughout an evening of immersive story telling. The audience and characters alike are free to roam The House and discover its secrets, conspiring together to make these stories, in a way, immortal

2 performances each night, for more information and tickets, contact o.p.wright@durham.ac.uk

 

 

Feb
9
Mon
HQ Venue re-opens this week @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 9 all-day

The venue side of things at Empty Shop HQ will be closed throughout January and things will start back in February… see you then!

The House of Usher @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

As part of Durham Drama Festival, Empty Shop is excited to welcome an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe short-stories.

usheremptyshop

 

Inspired by the works of Gothic novelist Edgar Allan Poe, THE HOUSE OF USHER brings to life the stories of the dead. Tales of betrayal, insanity, lust and namely murder are intertwined throughout an evening of immersive story telling. The audience and characters alike are free to roam The House and discover its secrets, conspiring together to make these stories, in a way, immortal

2 performances each night, for more information and tickets, contact o.p.wright@durham.ac.uk

 

 

Feb
14
Sat
Café Scientifique: Knots @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 14 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Cafe Scientifique Durham City is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to science outreach in Durham. We run weekly cafes with speakers from Durham University (and others!), who are always happy to chat about their research or science in general afterwards.

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Welcome back! The first cafe of 2015 will be given by Dr. Mark Miller from the chemistry department. The topic will be ‘knots’ – here’s his abstract:

Scientific interest in knots really took off in the 1860s when Lord Kelvin (Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow) proposed his “vortex theory of atoms”. This theory held that atoms are knots in the aether, a mysterious substance that pervades all space. Kelvin’s theory later turned out to be utterly wrong and had to be abandoned in its entirety. In the meantime, however, Kelvin’s idea had prompted other scientists to start developing the mathematical theory of knots. Some 150 years later, present-day scientists are reaping the benefits of this work because knots have been discovered to play an important role in a wide range of fields from protein structure to liquid crystals. In my talk, I will discuss some contemporary scientific challenges involving knots that even Kelvin could not have dreamt up.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Empty Shop at 3:45 pm after such a long time!

If you’re unsure how to get there, please take a look at our homepage (see link below) where there is a map. On the day, we will put a blackboard outside at 3:30 to guide you in!

http://www.cafescidurham.co.uk/index.php
We are looking forward to seeing you there at the usual time of 3:45 pm in Empty Shop! If you’re unsure how to get there, please take a look at our homepage where there is a map. On the day, we will put a blackboard outside at 3:30 to guide you in!


More about Cafe Sci
We meet at 3:45pm each Saturday during term time at Empty Shop.

The cafe is ran by Josh Borrow and John D’Silva, who are Physics and Natural Sciences students respectively. They have recently taken the cafe over from Jamal Kinsella and Tim Wiles, who ran it for a number of years.

The cafe is hosted in Empty Shop Durham, who have been providing us with space and help since around May 2014. Empty Shop is a reasonably large venue, meaning our capacity is about 50 people. There is a bar, which you can order drinks and snacks from to graze on during the talk – it wouldn’t be much of a cafe otherwise! You can find out more about Empty Shop on their website.

The cafe is funded by the Natural Sciences Society of Durham University, which we are wholefully grateful for. We use the money that they give us to promote future cafes and to buy equipment that we need.