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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

IMEMS Library Fellowships

Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) is an international centre for research in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period situated at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are a hub for interdisciplinary research with a vibrant community of scholars and postgraduate researchers working across all three faculties of the University.

Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the great Norman and later Cathedral and Castle is also home to major research holdings. These include medieval manuscript collections and a medieval monastic archive which are hard to parallel in their completeness, as well as rich collections of early printed books and manuscripts.

Palace Green Library houses Durham University's archives, early printed books and other special collections. It is home to a number of historic libraries including Bishop John Cosin’s Library, still housed in its original building, the Bamburgh Library, and the Routh Collection.

Durham Cathedral Library is the most in situ medieval library in the UK, with manuscripts dating from the 6th century to the modern day. Its archive, which dates back to the late eleventh century, forms the largest to survive at any English cathedral. durhamcathedral.co.uk/heritage/library

Ushaw College Library has very extensive collections, manuscript and printed, for recusant studies and the history of 18th-19th century Catholicism in England, especially in the North. Over 40,000 printed titles, including much rare pamphlet literature, 16th-19th century. Other holdings include medieval book manuscripts, especially books of hours. durham.ac.uk/library/asc/localother/ushaw.htm/

We have successfully appointed three new IMEMS Library Fellows for 2017-18; details of whom can be found here.