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As part of expanding our offer to Durham University Students, the Archives and Special Collections team at Palace Green Library will be running our second Student Experience Day on Thursday 8 June.

These experience days will run once a term and give a hands-on interactive experience to introduce students to what happens behind the scenes to care for our eight miles of archives and 70,000 rare books.

Limited to ten places per day to give an exceptionally rich experience, our experienced staff will give introductions to proper handling of archives and rare books, followed by interactive sessions in pairs covering all aspects of collections care and management. Students will lean what happens to material when it arrives (appraisal and accessioning) to making it accessible to the public (cataloguing and production) and also how to physically look after the unique and old material we look after (preservation and conservation). The day will finish with advice and questions on how to pursue a career in the sector. 

Open to all Durham University undergraduate or postgraduate students, you can apply for a place by writing a 150 word statement on ‘Why I am interested in pursuing a career in archives or rare books’ and send it via email to by 23:59 on Friday 26 May 2023. 

For more information, you can view the full event listing on our website.