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Special Collections

Special Collections Staff

Head of Heritage 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.


Kath Black – Receptionist, responsible for general enquiries and information about current exhibitions.

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.

Alastair Fraser – responsible for early printed books, any other printed book enquiries and the Whitehead Collection. Provides display classes for academic departments.

Sarah Price – Access & Learning Officer. Outreach covering schools, lifelong learners and co-ordinates academic support within the University.

Francis Gotto – responsible for the Sudan Archive.

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

Emma Hamlett - Exhibition Loans Officer

Carolyn Gaw - Exhibitions Assistant

Caroline Craggs – Digitisation Officer

Conservation Unit

Liz Branigan – Senior Conservator, manages Conservation Unit.

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