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Special Collections

Special Collections

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Founded in 1833 and occupying listed buildings within the Durham World Heritage site, Durham University's Palace Green Library houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. These include:

  • Over 70,000 books printed before 1850 including 300 incunables
  • Over 100 medieval manuscripts
  • 3,400 metres of archives and artefacts
  • Over 30,000 maps and prints and 100,000 photographs

We are open to anyone needing to consult our collections once they have registered with us.

Two of the University Library's special collections were awarded Designated status in 2005 in the first round of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Designation Scheme.


Beneath Our Feet
Sunday 24th May 2015 - Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Prehistoric Pictures
Sunday 24th May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Victorious Vikings
Saturday 30th May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Victorious Vikings
Sunday 31st May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt
Monday 1st June 2015 - Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 10:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 1st June 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Geographies and Genealogies of Citizenship
Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 6:00pm, Learning Centre, Professor Lynn Staeheli
David Starkey on Magna Carta
Friday 5th June 2015, 7:30pm, Gala Durham, David Starkey
Merry Monarchs
Saturday 6th June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Merry Monarchs
Sunday 7th June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 8th June 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Inevitable Rebels: Catholics, Conformity and Degrees of Rebellion in England, c.1530-1745'
Monday 8th June 2015, 5:30pm, Main Lecture Hall, Ushaw College, Dr James Kelly
A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens
Wednesday 10th June 2015, 6:00pm, Learning Centre, Professor Guy Standing (University of London)
Magna Carta Party
Saturday 13th June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
The Great Charter – Magna Carta Community Opera
Saturday 13th June 2015, 7:00pm, Durham Cathedral
Magna Carta Party
Sunday 14th June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 15th June 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Good versus bad institutions? Citizenship in colonial Latin and North America (16th-18th centuries)
Wednesday 17th June 2015, 6:00pm, Learning Centre, Professor Maarten Prak (University of Utrecht)
Fabulous Flags
Saturday 20th June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
The Great Charter – Magna Carta Community Opera
Saturday 20th June 2015, 7:00pm, Middlesbrough Cathedral
Fabulous Flags
Sunday 21st June 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 22nd June 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery

Talks, operas and parties celebrate opening of Magna Carta exhibition

June sees not only the opening of Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt at Durham University’s Palace Green Library, but the start of a fascinating range of Magna Carta events and activities in Durham city.

(18 May 2015) » Find out more about: Talks, operas and parties celebrate opening of Magna Carta exhibition


Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt

Poster image for the Magna Carta exhibition.

Palace Green Library, 1 June-31 August 2015

Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter.

Magna Carta was first sealed in 1215 by King John. The concession it has come to represent – that all authority can be limited by law – was extracted from the king by a group of barons who chose political engagement over passive obedience. As such they were acting no longer as loyal subjects, but as rebellious citizens.

(10 Apr 2015) » Find out more about: Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt



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Contact details

Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
DURHAM
DH1 3RN
United Kingdom
Tel
: +44 (0)191 334 2972
Email: pg.library@durham.ac.uk