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Manuscript

Palace Green Library houses Durham University's archives, early printed books and other special collections. There are:

  • 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

Palace Green Library is home to a number of historic libraries and contemporary galleries.

Durham University also holds special collections at the Oriental Museum and the Museum of Archaeology.

Find out more about our collections and search the catalogues

Item of the Month

This month we take a peek at an intercepted Chartist letter written in the aftermath of the failed armed uprising at Newport in November 1839. The letter is found in the Grey Papers, and is accompanied by correspondence to Charles 2nd Earl Grey about the movement and its character, contrasting lead and coal mining communities' involvement in the north east.

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Featured collection

Harold MacMichael joined the Sudan Political Service in 1905 and spent the next three decades in the Sudan, before his career took him to Tanganyika and Palestine. His diaries and papers offer fascinating insights into colonial and Sudanese culture, and the administrative training of the period, and include material on the 1916 Darfur campaign and the Paris Peace Conference.

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