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Past exhibitions

Exhibition
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Exhibition extended until Sunday 12 March due to popular demand.

Exhibition
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically regarded as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across communities, cultures, and history.

Exhibition
Friday, March 25, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016

100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there.

Exhibition
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

This winter, our exhibitions consider the Polar Regions, focusing particularly on the discovery, exploration and ongoing work taking place in Antarctica.

Exhibition
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

Historic photographs of this ill-fated Antarctic expedition, taken by Herbert Ponting, tell an unforgettable tale both epic and human in scale. 

Exhibition
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chart the dramatic events of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16 and experience this extraordinary journey as seen through the eyes of Frank Hurley, official photographer to the expedition. 

Exhibition
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

An exhibition exploring the work of Durham University researchers in Antarctica.

Exhibition
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Sunday, October 4, 2015

From its inception in 1987, as a competition for 16 invited teams, the Rugby World Cup has grown to be one of the most important events in the international sporting calendar.

Exhibition
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Saturday, November 28, 2015

Durham Archaeology Explorers (DAX) is an archaeology club for 7-11 year olds. The group has created its own community archaeology exhibition featuring objects the children have excavated and brought into the museum or identification, as well as a selection of their favourite objects from Durham University’s extensive archaeological collections.

Exhibition
Monday, June 1, 2015 - Monday, August 31, 2015

Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter.

Exhibition
Friday, April 10, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015

Come and see some of the most recent archaeological discoveries in County Durham and learn about how archaeology is organised in the region.

Exhibition
Friday, January 30, 2015 - Sunday, April 26, 2015

This exhibition mixes historic and contemporary objects from Vietnam with contemporary works by British artist Anthony Key to explore national identity, migration, cultural diversity, faith and belonging in Vietnam.

Exhibition
Friday, January 30, 2015 - Sunday, April 26, 2015

For millennia, people watching plays, listening to songs and poetry, and reading books have understood that an author was responsible for the words they are experiencing. Thinking about the author has always been important in thinking about the words themselves.

Exhibition
Monday, November 17, 2014 - Sunday, November 23, 2014

Discover the portraits in Bishop Cosin's Library and enjoy a temporary exhibition of new photography by Julian Germain, 'On Seeing the Author'.

Exhibition
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015

Explore the history of bookbinding through a range of incredible books.

Exhibition
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Sunday, January 11, 2015

Books for Boys explores boyhood during the earliest years of the twentieth century and the cultural environment that shaped a generation.

Exhibition
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014

We’ve got gangsters, monsters, samurai and cartoon characters… explore the Japanese movie poster from the 1950s to the present day.

Exhibition
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014

This exhibition presents a complete picture of one of Japan’s most exquisite art forms, Cloisonné, featuring exquisite enamels on loan from the V&A.

Exhibition
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Some are friendly, others helpful, and a few are simply scary…

Exhibition
Monday, July 1, 2013 - Monday, September 30, 2013

One incredible book, one amazing journey.

Exhibition
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Sunday, April 7, 2013

Presenting the story of the birth and life of Siddhartha Gautama, later recognised as the Buddha, and the early spread of Buddhism in South Asia.

Exhibition
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Sunday, April 14, 2013

The period between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries saw many advances in the study of anatomy, chemistry and physiology. Inspired by the collections of physician, historian and bibliophile Dr. C. E. Kellett (1903-1978), this exhibition draws on collections from throughout the holdings of Palace Green Library, and includes work by Jean Fernel, Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey.

Exhibition
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cosin was a prominent figure in the seventeenth century; an ally of King Charles I, he was exiled during the Civil War. After the restoration of the monarchy, he was appointed Bishop of Durham by Charles II, a position that held considerable power.

Exhibition
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - Sunday, October 7, 2012

Avant Garde magazines that shocked Britain 1884-1922. Enter the world of late 19th century publishing and explore a range of ground breaking and, in some cases, notorious literary and art magazines.

Exhibition
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Saturday, January 28, 2012

Writing in the 1950s, the renowned architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner described Durham as "one of the great experiences of Europe to the eyes of those who appreciate architecture".

Exhibition
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Sunday, September 11, 2011

A rare Shakespeare First Folio stolen from Durham University in 1998 was displayed in our opening Spotlight exhibition for the first time since its theft.

Exhibition
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sir John Stainer's remarkable life in music tells the story of one of the most
important English musicians of the Victorian era.

Exhibition
Friday, March 11, 2011 - Sunday, May 8, 2011

The remarkable Thomas Wright was born in Byers Green, County Durham in 1711. Throughout his life his natural talent and abilities led him to excel in a wide variety of ventures, including astronomy, mathematics, architecture and
philosophy.

Exhibition
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - Sunday, March 6, 2011

A rare Shakespeare First Folio stolen from Durham University in 1998 was displayed in our opening Spotlight exhibition for the first time since its theft.

Exhibition
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - Sunday, April 14, 2013

This exhibition in Palace Green Library's Wolfson Gallery featured some of Durham University's most important treasures.

May 2017

 

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