Treasurers of Durham University Library
Treasures of Durham University Library, an illustrated paperback, showcases some of the treasures of the Library's seventy thousand books printed before 1850.
The historic core of the collection is the library assembled by John Cosin, Bishop of Durham (1660-72) and the deposit of the library from Bamburgh Castle. It includes late antique papyri to modern literary manuscripts, as well as substantial archival and photographic materials.
The book is edited by Richard Gameson, Professor of the History of the Book in the Department of History.
In his foreword, Bill Bryson writes: "Surprisingly few people, including many within the university itself, are aware of just how extensive and diverse the University Library's holdings are. This is clearly a collection worth knowing. It is a very real joy to welcome here such a handsome and readable survey."
The Treasures of Durham University Library is available for sale via The Palace Green Library. Price of £9.99 plus P&P.
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The Durham Difference: The Story of Durham University
This lavishly illustrated, hardbound book provides an authoritative account of Durham University, from its roots as a monastic institution, to the award of its Royal Charter in 1837, and its status today as one of Britain's leading universities.
This volume brings out the characteristics that distinguish the University and have helped shape its first 175 years. Engaging and informative, this book is something which anyone who has been connected in any way with this remarkable institution will be delighted to own.
The Durham Difference is available for sale online via the Durham University website. Price of £25 plus P&P.
Jon Lord, former keyboard player in the rock band Deep Purple, wrote the Durham Concerto to celebrate the University's 175th anniversary. The Concerto was premiered at Durham Cathedral in October 2007. It was performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jon Lord played the Hammond Organ solo piece.
The 45-minute Concerto consists of six movements, arranged into three parts: Morning, Afternoon and Evening. Morning describes the Cathedral at dawn and then the town coming to life. Afternoon starts with a movement representing the historic event where monks carried St Cuthbert's body from Lindisfarne, and concludes as the composer contemplates the wonderful view from Prebends Bridge. The last section, Evening, captures the high spirits of a student dance and a Miner's Gala, and ends with an imposing, but uplifting, movement in praise of the Cathedral.
The Durham Concerto is available for sale online via the Durham University website. Price of £12 plus P&P.