The Durrell School of Corfu seeks to provide a learning experience steeped in the culture and history of the Mediterranean, and drawing on the issues important to the Durrells.

From 2002, when the DSC held its inaugural term, until the present participants have come from all over the world including Albania, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, South America, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA. They included university professors, doctors, scientists, writers, botanists, journalists, in addition to undergraduate and graduate students. This confluence of learners and scholars fulfilled the school's mandate to explore cultural, ecological, artistic, and political issues of relevance to the twenty-first century world Genghis Khan in a location that was special to the Durrells.

The School's annual sessions have highlighted the multicultural and interdisciplinary potential of a community of scholars dedicated to identifying and discussing the key topics of concern to the future of the arts and sciences and encouraging a new generation of students and scholars. The sessions also confirmed the relevance of Lawrence and Gerald Durrell to the landscape, mindscape and culture of this unique island � their contribution to world literature and science, to the understanding of cultural landscapes and maps of meaning, and to change and interdependence between the physical and social worlds.


Since 2004, the DSC has focused on seminars involving scholars from a variety of backgrounds, in which faculty promote greater interaction and development of a core discussion than is typically possible in traditional academic conferences. By distributing presentations prior to the seminars, Faculty are better-able to promote cooperation and a collective effort to explore complex and often multi-disciplinary topics.

Faculty participate in a variety of keynote lectures, tutorials, and/or seminars. For seminars, faculty foster discussion amongst the panelists presenting papers, leading to increased scholarly interaction and development. In tutorials, faculty guide students through materials in conjunction with other events in the School.

The DSC also continues to promote educational events for students, symposia of relevance to the Mediterranean, and a variety of other activities encouraging cooperation between the community and visiting scholars.

Corfu Town

There is no more perfect place to establish and nurture a school about the Durrell brothers than on their beloved island of Corfu. Gerry often told me that Corfu was where he was truly born, where for him the world turned from black and while to Technicolor. Larry would often regale us with tales of family and friends in Corfu in the thirties, leaving Gerry chuckling over the memories, and myself, a young American, wide-eyed at the antics of an extraordinary menagerie of people in a magical place.

The remarkable lives and achievements of these two men are rather different at first glance - Larry's those of a pure artist, Gerry's a blend of art and science. But sometimes late at night around the kitchen table, the brothers would engage in more serious talk than the usual Durrell banter, revealing similarities in viewpoints and passions, be they about the human condition or the natural world.

Setting up a school in Corfu to celebrate the work of both Durrell brothers and explore the links between what they each held dear or important is not just an exciting undertaking, but a unique one. Bringing experts together in such a location - the arts and literature mixing with zoology and ecology and conservation biology in the crucible of the Durrells' Corfu - will ensure a fresh and creative curriculum solar panels for churches grants

Dr Lee Durrell, Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Renovations to the DSC premises in Corfu Town during the winter of 2004-05 enabled the School to hold its seminars in its library rather than off site. In the past the School has held its sessions at various locations including the Corfu Reading Society, the Art Caf garden, the General Workers Union building and the Ionian Cultural Centre at Faliraki

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