History of the Collections
Durham University’s historic libraries and archives are made up of over 700 individual collections from huge historic libraries to tiny personal collections of manuscripts, photographs or diaries. Over almost two centuries since Durham University was founded, our library and archive collections have been growing and evolving with new books, manuscripts and archives being added every year.
The story of how many of these collections were created, and then found their way to the University, is often as interesting as the material contained within them.
Follow the stories of Bishop Cosin, the Sharp family of Bamburgh, Martin Routh, and the Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic, as we discover how these amazing collections were born and survived the centuries.