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County Durham remembers VE Day 1945 - Durham Record Office
07/05/2020
County Durham remembers VE Day 1945 - Durham Record Office

County Durham remembers VE Day 1945 - Durham Record Office

'We have come through' - remembering VE Day 1945: an online exhibition from Durham County Record Office commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on 8 May 1945

Are you currently missing our library spaces? We’re pleased to invite you to take part in user experience research on th...
07/05/2020

Are you currently missing our library spaces? We’re pleased to invite you to take part in user experience research on the Barker Research Library, Palace Green. This is for a colleague’s Master’s Degree at Northumbria University. Your input into this research would be much appreciated. https://bit.ly/2RI4cq2

Time for some more colouring 😃Our next page comes from the late 12th century: it has waited more than 800 years for you ...
07/05/2020

Time for some more colouring 😃

Our next page comes from the late 12th century: it has waited more than 800 years for you to colour it in! Download here:

https://www.durhampriory.ac.uk/digitised-priory-books/

@bedesbooks @IMEMSDurham

#medievaltwitter #medieval #RareBooks #ColorOurCollections #manuscripts #colouring

Oriental Museum Durham University
05/05/2020

Oriental Museum Durham University

We are pleased to announce on Wednesday 6 May at 10.00am we will be streaming Little Dragons at Home on Facebook Live.

The session is a mix of songs, exploring museum objects, crafts and rhymes, all from the comfort of home.

For the craft activity you can download and print the teddy bear template from our website – or draw your own. A glue stick, scissors, crayons and coloured paper will be handy too.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/under5sonline/

We hope you can join us!

05/05/2020
Oriental Museum Durham University

Missing Little Bookworms?

Little Dragons are going live tomorrow morning, so why not join them.

Join us on Facebook Live tomorrow morning at 10.00am for Little Dragons at Home, an online under 5s session.

Visit our website to download the teddy template for the craft activity, or draw your own. Get your glue stick ready!

We hope you can join us.

The Durham Light Infantry fought in many wars over the years, including the Second World War, and 8th May this year mark...
03/05/2020

The Durham Light Infantry fought in many wars over the years, including the Second World War, and 8th May this year marks 75 years since it ended.

Parties were held across Britain to celebrate the news, with bunting and flags brightening up street parties.

Make your own to celebrate! You can download the instructions and a bunting template here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/familyactivities/

We would love to see your fantastic flags and bunting so please do share some pictures.

Today, Thursday 30th April, is the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine #MuseumFromHome day! To help you get involved, we have cr...
30/04/2020

Today, Thursday 30th April, is the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine #MuseumFromHome day! To help you get involved, we have created a range of activities for all ages inspired by our collections! Please share with us your amazing crafty creations using the #DUcollections and #MuseumFromHome and we will share some of your creations in our online gallery. Click the link below to join in the fun! #MuseumFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/

Have you ever wanted to illuminate a medieval manuscript?  Download and colour in a beautiful illustration from one of D...
29/04/2020

Have you ever wanted to illuminate a medieval manuscript? Download and colour in a beautiful illustration from one of Durham Priory Library’s manuscripts: https://www.durhampriory.ac.uk/digitised-priory-books/

Durham Cathedral IMEMS Durham

#medievaltwitter #RareBooks #colorourcollections #manuscripts

Palace Green Library's cover photo
27/04/2020

Palace Green Library's cover photo

18/03/2020

PALACE GREEN LIBRARY COVID-19 UPDATE

Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthy by reducing potential exposure to coronavirus.
All of the University's visitor attractions are now closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure you share our concern for the health and well-being of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University’s Covid-19 webpage
https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/
where we are constantly updating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
17/03/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Update - In line with government and medical advice regarding the Covid19 situation, an following the current guidelines set by Durham University, we want to inform you that all Castle Tours will cease running from tomorrow Wednesday 18th March until further notice. Our Self Guided days in March and April will also be cancelled.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you again at Durham Castle in the future.

Last week we asked our visitors to share the title of their favorite book as part of World Book Day.By the end of the we...
13/03/2020

Last week we asked our visitors to share the title of their favorite book as part of World Book Day.
By the end of the week we had so many titles that writing them up to share with a wider audience lead us to being sidetracked by checking them out our selves.
Back on track here are the books.

Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communit...
13/03/2020

Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthy by reducing potential exposure to coronavirus.
The museums will, at the moment, remain open but we are putting on hold all activities, workshops, events and clubs until further notice.
Little Bookworms will not be running for the rest of March.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure you share our concern for the health and well-being of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University’s Covid-19 webpage, where we are constantly updating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
12/03/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

We are really sorry to announce that due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus, the Easter Wonderland family fun day at Durham Castle has been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment and we will hopefully let you know about our next family fun day as soon as we can.

We are over the moon to share that we have been awarded a Welcome Accolade from VisitEngland.This award is for attractio...
11/03/2020
VisitEngland announces winners of Visitor Attraction Accolades

We are over the moon to share that we have been awarded a Welcome Accolade from VisitEngland.
This award is for attractions that give visitors a genuinely excellent welcome, so congratulations to our fantastic front of house team who go that extra mile to ensure our visitors receive a first class visitor experience.

VisitEngland has today announced the winners of its 2019 Visitor Attraction Accolades recognising the outstanding visitor experiences on offer across the country.

With our beautiful building currently encased in scaffolding for much need TLC we now have some new signage (which we th...
09/03/2020

With our beautiful building currently encased in scaffolding for much need TLC we now have some new signage (which we think is quite striking) to ensure you do not miss us and what treasures we have on your visit to Durhams World Heritage Site.

We are looking forward to this exhibition and cannot wait to see Isla in the museum.
09/03/2020

We are looking forward to this exhibition and cannot wait to see Isla in the museum.

#IWD2020 is the perfect time to unveil the learning character for the #IWasHereDurham exhibition, Isla the future curator! We hope that she will inspire a future generation of women in archaeology and museums, the same way that the women before us have!

For #internationalwomensday2020 we dug up some pictures from our archive showing various members of female religious ord...
08/03/2020

For #internationalwomensday2020 we dug up some pictures from our archive showing various members of female religious orders bringing about social change, by simply helping those in need.

These pictures show nuns standing up for the cause of disabled and hearing-impaired children. The first was taken in Manchester, 1970; the second outside of St Agnes Roman Catholic Church for the first holy communion; and the third at the deaf school in Cheadle in 1987.

#internationalwomensday #internationalwomensday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #archives #nuntastic

For #internationalwomensday we wanted to celebrate some more unconventional women, who nevertheless had a great impact o...
08/03/2020

For #internationalwomensday we wanted to celebrate some more unconventional women, who nevertheless had a great impact on people's lives. We therefore picked some gems from the @palacegreenlib female religious collections.
Case in point, the Femall Glory from the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre Collection. This is a reprint of the 1635 original, bound in an elaborate cover, showing the importance of the work for the sisters.

#internationalwomensday #internationalwomensday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday #nuntastic

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
06/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

We finish our week with a book picked by our conservation team:

Durham Cathedral Library Incunable 3: De proprietatibus rerum (‘On the Properties of Things’) by Bartholomeus Anglicus.

De proprietatibus rerum is an encyclopaedia first written in the 13th century, although our copy was printed at Strasbourg in 1491. It covers a wide variety of topics such as religion, geography, medicine and natural sciences, and even includes an entry on Dragons! The book was clearly of interest to Thomas Swalwell (c. 1483 – 1539), a monk of Durham Priory, as he has extensively annotated it throughout.

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday #durham #incunables #durhamcathedral

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
06/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

Our archivist, Francis Gotto, chose the following:

Antediluvian Phytology by the geologist and archaeologist Edmund Artis (London, 1825; SC+ 00201). A palaeobotanical work illustrating fossil ferns found in the coal-measures of the North-East. The title indicates a belief in the Deluge (Noah’s Flood) as an important geological agent - described as ‘the catastrophe’ in the preface - but the content was very new when it was published in 1825. Artis (1789-1847) was a friend of the poet John Clare, and who described him as “a clever man & everything but a poet”.

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
05/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

Our rare books cataloguer, Aya Van Renterghem, chose the following book:

This book is a beautiful edition of the L'office de la Vierge Marie, which contains prayers and liturgy dedicated to the Virgin Mary, dated to 1617. It is bound in an elaborate calf-leather cover, has gold-edge leaves, and a beautifully engraved title page. It was, however, not just ornamental, as a number of bookmarks and prayer cards show that the book was actively read by its owners.

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
05/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

On of our rare book cataloguers, Sarah Cleeve, chose Paradisi in sole Paradisus terrestris, John Parkinson, London 1629.

"Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris is a mix of beautiful woodcut illustrations and functional gardening advice, by John Parkinson (1567-1650), herbalist to King Charles I, and it’s a fascinating window on the horticultural world of the 1620s.

Parkinson was drafted in to help cheer up Henrietta Maria of France, Charles’s 15 year old bride, who was homesick for the fabulous gardens of the Louvre – by introducing her to London’s best gardens and horticulturists. In Paradisus terrestris his enthusiasm for all things botanical transmits through three centuries a love of gardening that resonates with anyone with green fingers."

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday #gardensofinstagram #gardening #greenfingers

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
05/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

Our deputy head of archives and special collections, Michael Stansfield, chose the following:

This recently acquired edition of Bernard de Gordon’s important medical text Tabula Practice Dicte Lilium Medicine, originally written in around 1300, was printed in Venice in 1497 by the Gregory brothers (woodcut printer’s device of a fountain illustrated). It shows signs of various provenance and lots of subsequent use, probably by medical students, with annotations in various hands. Its carta rustica binding incorporates fragments of earlier manuscripts, including some 13th century Hebrew, as shown in the second image.

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday #manuscripts

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
05/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!
Our head of library and collections, Judy Burg, chose the following book:

Modern bindings can be works of art too. This one, created by Tim Wolfendale was purchased for the library in 2015. Ratty and Mole row across the front cover and Toad sits disconsolately on the back. The book comes in a box, decorated with lily pads and dragonflies. It is a beautiful flight of fancy which wonderfully reflects Kenneth Grahame’s beloved story. (SB+ 0895)

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
04/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

Our archivist, Andrew Gray, picked the following:

Diderot’s 17-volume Encyclopedia (or Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers…, Paris and Neuchâtel, 1751-1765) is one of the most famous publications of the European Enlightenment. This was the Enlightenment's equivalent of Wikipedia, and similarly aimed to ‘create a summary of all human knowledge’ (from vol.12, ref. SC++ 00125).

#Worldbookday #Worldbookday2020 #Palacegreenlibrary #bookstagram #booklover #specialcollections #iglibraries #rarebooks #antiquarianbooks #instabooks #oldbook #bookoftheday #diderot #encylopaedia #enlightenment

We have some fantastic news!Durham Universities Special Collections ‘Team Pigment’ will be on BBC's Inside Out North Eas...
04/03/2020

We have some fantastic news!

Durham Universities Special Collections ‘Team Pigment’ will be on BBC's Inside Out North East and Cumbria talking about the fantastic project they are undertaking which analyses by non-destructive means the inks and pigments used in medieval manuscripts.

So make sure you tune in on Monday 9th March at 7:30pm

If you are not in the North East and Cumbria and would like to see this don’t worry BBC North East is available on Sky 955 or Freeview 956. Or you can also watch it live on the BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fzws or catch up for the next 30 days using the same link.

Find out more about the project here:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/research/strands/teampigment/

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be po...
04/03/2020

In honour of #worldbookday2020, @palacegreenlib staff picked their favourite books from our collection and we will be posting them all week!

This morning, our custodian presents her choice:

This book goes back to a much more gentle way of life when a picture did paint a thousand words. Containing beautiful detailed illustrations of British bird life, the Bee eaters is probably it’s most famous example but not necessarily, in my opinion, it’s best. Lots to look and wonder at. An Ornithologists dream of a book.

Selby P. British Ornithology BAM R.2.3

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Mmmmmmm
Just dropped through my letterbox! Thanks to your exhibition. One of my favourite books was missing though..A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley. Still my favourite !