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Welcome to
Palace Green
Library 

Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The ample historiography on Franciscan art is littered with unsuccessful attempts to relate the paintings and buildings commissioned by the friars with the conflicts over the observation of poverty that gripped the Order in the years to either side of 1300.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dickens's universe is thronged by innumerable well-defined voices, and his fiction carefully renders the acoustics of individual human speech and utterance. But what does Dickens reveal about what it's like to overhear others? In this lecture, Peter Garratt will suggest why overhearing can help us unlock Dickens's writing and creativity.

Reviews

Another informative and well presented exhibition which told the story of the Somme through the experiences of numerous local people.

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The collections within this library have kept me entranced for hours, and it frequently hosts the best historical exhibitions in the north east.

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Great exhibitions are held here. There is a quiet cafe which is useful for catching breath and plotting your next walk.

 

Reviews

Great exhibitions are held here. There is a quiet cafe which is useful for catching breath and plotting your next walk.

 

OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION

OPEN TO ALL

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Opening hours
Monday 12pm - 5pm
Tuesday - Sunday

10am - 5pm

Adults Free
Concessions Free
Children (over 5) Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children) Free
Infants (under 5, up to 2 per full paying adult) Free

FAMILY & LOCAL HISTORIANS

Our archives include parish registers, marriage licences and probate records. If you’re researching your family history, explore our collections and plan your visit.

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4SCHOOLS

Book a visit to Palace Green Library with the 4schools team to explore primary sources from our archives and discover more about Durham’s fascinating history.

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