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Durham University

Special Collections

Family Activities at Palace Green Library

Family activity

Activities for parents and children.

Mini Mining Banners

Saturday 1st February 2020 - Sunday 2nd February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Durham is world-famous for the mining banners made here dedicated to the miners that Norman Cornish put in to his sketches. We want you to make your own mini miners banner.

Little Bookworms

Monday 3rd February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Amazing Archives

Saturday 8th February 2020 - Sunday 9th February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

February is LGBTQ+ history month and we want to tell you about some amazing people in our archives and library. Get creative and learn more about the history and heritage that our archives care for.

Little Bookworms

Monday 10th February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Wagging Dogs' Tails

Saturday 15th February 2020 - Sunday 16th February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

In many of Norman Cornish’s sketches we see friendly dogs next to their owners feet. If you look closely it almost seems as if the dog’s tails might just wag! Construct your own dog today complete with a wagging tail.

Little Bookworms

Monday 17th February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Life Drawing Class for Families

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

This half-term we have a special family friendly event, a live life drawing class inspired by Norman Cornish’s artwork. Sketch our volunteers using artists materials and lean on easels. How long can our models stay still?

Sketching our Norman Cornish Exhibition

Saturday 22nd February 2020 - Sunday 23rd February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Pick up some materials at Palace Green Library today and sketch our exhibition. What catches your eye and encourages you to draw?

Little Bookworms

Monday 24th February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Fantastic Finger Puppets

Saturday 29th February 2020 - Sunday 1st March 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

The Museum of Archaeology tells stories from many people from history through objects and artefacts. Make your own finger puppet inspired by these people. What stories could you tell with them?

Little Bookworms

Monday 2nd March 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Viking Explorers

Saturday 7th March 2020 - Sunday 8th March 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

The Vikings explored across many seas, seeking new lands to live in. Sail away this weekend with your very own mini Viking ship.

Little Bookworms

Monday 9th March 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Stunning Stained Glass

Saturday 14th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Inspired by your visit to the Durham World Heritage Site create your own stained glass windows!

Little Bookworms

Monday 16th March 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Brilliant Bookmarks

Saturday 21st March 2020 - Sunday 22nd March 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Here at Palace Green Library we love books and we love reading! Make your own special bookmark for your favourite reads; you will never lose your page again.

Little Bookworms

Monday 23rd March 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Bronze Age Art

Saturday 28th March 2020 - Sunday 29th March 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Have you ever visited the Museum of Archaeology? Come for a visit and see our prehistoric objects from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and make some beautiful art inspired by what’s on display.

Little Bookworms

Monday 30th March 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.