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Durham University

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. Registration here involves completing a form, providing proofs of identity and agreeing to abide by the Library's rules (please contact us if you require further information on this)

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.


Inspired by Wild
Sunday 16th June 2019, 12:00am - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
#VisibleWomen
Sunday 16th June 2019 , 12:00am, Palace Green Library
Wild
Sunday 16th June 2019 - Tuesday 16th July 2019, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Sunday 16th June 2019 , 12:00am, Palace Green Library (DLI Collection Gallery)
Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham
, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Little Bookworms
Monday 17th June 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Talk: Prehistoric Pioneers: creating a student-led museum exhibition
Thursday 20th June 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library
Inspired by our Durham University Students
Saturday 22nd June 2019 - Sunday 23rd June 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 24th June 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Exhibition talk: Prehistoric Pioneers
Monday 24th June 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Ben Roberts
Archives of the last khedive. Making the most of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers
Tuesday 25th June 2019, 12:00pm, Williams Library, St Chad's College, Pascale Ghazaleh, 2019 Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellow
Face Painting
Saturday 29th June 2019, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Botanic Garden
Inspired by our Western Art Collection
Saturday 29th June 2019 - Sunday 30th June 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Sparkling Flying Salmon
Saturday 6th July 2019 - Sunday 7th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Animal Games
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Sunday 14th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

2019 Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellow: Prof. Pascale Ghazaleh

This term we also welcome to Durham the inaugural Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellow Professor Pascale Ghazaleh of the American University in Cairo. She will be researching in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers in preparation for her lecture on 25 June on the research potential of the collection.

(30 May 2019)


2019 Sir William Luce Fellow: Philip Winter

This term we welcome to Durham the 2019 Sir William Luce Fellow Philip Winter. He will be researching in the Sudan Archive in preparation for his lecture on 13 June on the disputed area of the Ilemi Triangle, bordering South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.

(26 Apr 2019)



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