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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.

, The Gallery
Tuesday 20th August 2019 - Thursday 19th September 2019, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Tuesday 20th August 2019 , 12:00am, DLI Collection Gallery
Who says 'Twit Twoo'?
Saturday 24th August 2019 - Sunday 25th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Rocking Recycling
Tuesday 27th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Beautiful Bookmarks
Saturday 31st August 2019 - Sunday 1st September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Bat Tour of Durham Peninsula
Friday 6th September 2019, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Palace Green Library, Mark Dinning, Head of Conservation at Durham Wildlife Trust
Autumn Hedgehogs
Saturday 7th September 2019 - Sunday 8th September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Saturday 14th September 2019 - Sunday 15th September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowships - call for applications

Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt 1892-1914

A call for applications for this fellowship programme is open until 30 September 2019. In 2018 Durham University and the Mohamed Ali Foundation launched a fellowship programme to encourage academic research in the archive of the last khedive of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II (1874-1944), and to make the collection’s strengths more widely known to international researchers.

(7 Aug 2019) » Find out more about: Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowships - call for applications

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Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
United Kingdom
: +44 (0)191 334 2972