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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. 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.


DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction
Thursday 24th August 2017 - Saturday 23rd September 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green
Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there
Thursday 24th August 2017 - Sunday 3rd September 2017, 12:00am - 5:00pm, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,12.30 and 2.30pm
Friday 14th July 2017 every Friday until Friday 25th August 2017, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Palace Green Library
Perfect Puppets
Saturday 26th August 2017 - Sunday 27th August 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Dear Diary
Saturday 2nd September 2017 - Sunday 3rd September 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 4th September 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Beautiful Bookmarks
Saturday 9th September 2017 - Sunday 10th September 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 11th September 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Mysterious Masks
Saturday 16th September 2017 - Sunday 17th September 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 18th September 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

Exhibition logo: Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

Palace Green Library, 27 May - 3 September 2017

How big is time? And what will the future be like?

The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and future worlds.

See H.G. Wells’s original manuscript for The Time Machine, unravel other stories which play with time, and find out how stories help us to make sense of time and our place within it.

(22 Mar 2017)


Sir William Luce Fellowship 2018

The Sir William Luce Fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar at post-doctoral level, diplomat, politician, or business executive, whose work relates to Iran, the Gulf states, South Arabia and Sudan. The 2018 Fellowship will hosted by Durham University during the Easter term (24 April-23 June). The Fund is looking for research proposals that examine historic aspects of Iran, the Gulf States, South Arabia and Sudan that throw light on contemporary events. The deadline for applications is Friday 8 September 2017. Full details of the Fellowship and the application process are available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/sgia/imeis/lucefund/.

(20 Jun 2017)



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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