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Special Collections

Special Collections Staff

Head of Archives and Special Collections: Judy Burg - Sub-librarian in charge of Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Responsible for fundraising and collection development and general management of the Palace Green Library and its collections, and the historic collections at Ushaw College.


Michael Harkness - responsible for the search room team, covering enquiries relating to our collections, reader services in the Search Room, general enquiries on local and family history, reprographics


Michael Stansfield – Senior Assistant Keeper and deputy manager of Special Collections, responsible for managing archive cataloguing programme for Durham University Archive, the medieval Cathedral Archives and the Local Studies collection. Covers antiquarian collections both in the University and Cathedral libraries and local history

Richard Higgins
– responsible for IT including maintaining digital repository, web pages, catalogues etc. Covers maps, photographs and prints and miscellaneous manuscript and literary collections

Andrew Gray – responsible for running Cathedral Archives search room at 5 The College. Covers post-medieval Cathedral Archives, Durham Diocesan, Bishopric Archives and local and ecclesiastical history

Francis Gotto – responsible for the Sudan Archive, Abbas Hilmi II Papers and other Middle Eastern collections

Jonathan Bush - responsible for the Ushaw Archive and managing day to day operations at Ushaw Library

Danielle Westerhof – Rare Books Librarian, responsible for printed book collections to 1860

Julie Biddlecombe-Brown - Exhibitions Officer, responsible for the exhibition programme at Palace Green Library

Carolyn Gaw - Exhibitions Assistant

Caroline Roberts – Digitisation Officer

Conservation Unit

Liz Branigan – Senior Conservator, manages Conservation Unit

Fiona Butterfield - Conservator

Katie Brew - Assistant Conservator

Contact details

Durham University Library
Palace Green
DURHAM
DH1 3RN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2932
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 2942
Email: pg.library@durham.ac.uk