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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

Mince pies have been on sale in supermarkets since September but Advent has only just begun, allowing us to officially declare “‘Tis the season to be jolly”, and to eat those pies at last! Carols and carolling have long been a Christmastide favourite. Embedded in religious and familial experiences usually from childhood such melodies have also long been joyfully repurposed by schoolchildren and social campaigners seizing upon people’s familiarity with a good tune.

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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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Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

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