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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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - Friday 24th July 2015, 12:00am - 5:00pm, Palace Green Library
Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt
Saturday 4th July 2015 - Monday 3rd August 2015, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Independence Day
Sunday 5th July 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 6th July 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Rebellious Citizens: 800 Years of Citizen Politics
Wednesday 8th July 2015, 6:00pm, Palace Green Library, Dr. Christian Liddy, Durham University and
Stunning Shields
Saturday 11th July 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Durham Moot
Sunday 12th July 2015, 1:00pm, Palace Green Library
Stunning Shields
Sunday 12th July 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 13th July 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Crowning Glory
Saturday 18th July 2015 - Friday 24th July 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 20th July 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Magna Carta Family Talks
Tuesday 21st July 2015, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Magna Carta Family Talks
Thursday 23rd July 2015, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Badge of honour?
Saturday 25th July 2015 - Friday 31st July 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 27th July 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Magna Carta Family Talks
Tuesday 28th July 2015, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Magna Carta Family Talks
Thursday 30th July 2015, 10:00am, Palace Green Library
Scribble like a scribe
Saturday 1st August 2015 - Monday 3rd August 2015, 1:00pm - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 3rd August 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery

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.

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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