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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 we look at the bitterly fought 1826 elections in Northumberland. As they took place just before the Reform Act of 1832 they make a very interesting study of pre-reform politics. At the time, Northumberland returned two members of Parliament voted for by the 40 shilling freeholders. (Newcastle, Morpeth and Berwick boroughs also each elected two MPs.) It was unusual for the county seats to be so bitterly contested. Campaigning was so expensive that there was usually an agreement that the Whigs would return one candidate and the Tories would return another, but this agreement broke down in 1826.

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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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