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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.


2000 years of life at 18-29 Claypath
Saturday 7th December 2019 - Monday 6th January 2020, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology
Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks
Saturday 7th December 2019 - Monday 6th January 2020, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Saturday 7th December 2019 , 12:00am, DLI Collection Gallery
Drawing Perspective
Saturday 7th December 2019 - Sunday 8th December 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 9th December 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Cracking Christmas Decorations
Saturday 14th December 2019 - Sunday 15th December 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 16th December 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Sketching and Smudging
Saturday 4th January 2020 - Sunday 5th January 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 6th January 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’

Opening up the archives of Radical Jack

A political firebrand, a radical reformist and a leading society figure – the life and times of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, were truly captivating.

Durham University is now the new home to the archives of Lord Durham, as he was also known, whose energetic support for political reform earned him the nickname ‘Radical Jack’.

(30 Aug 2019) » Find out more about: A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’



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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