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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.

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Item of the Month

This month's document was drawn up at a period which saw impassioned speeches and debates about how the people are represented by Members of Parliament and the relationship between public opinion and parliamentary business. This was 1831, at the height of the movement for parliamentary reform. The document is a ‘Report on the State of the Representation’ signed by the ‘Committee of Four’, dated 14 January 1831; and it marks a key stage in the development of the Great Reform Act of 1832.

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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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