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Palace Green Library Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spann
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We're open from 10am to 5pm today and tomorrow so why not drop in and discover the story of Norman Cornish and his sketc...
22/02/2020

We're open from 10am to 5pm today and tomorrow so why not drop in and discover the story of Norman Cornish and his sketchbooks- only on show until 1st March!
#NormanCornish100

Are you coming to Durham to see Fire&Ice?Why not swing by and travel through time by visiting our Archaeology Museum, fr...
21/02/2020

Are you coming to Durham to see Fire&Ice?
Why not swing by and travel through time by visiting our Archaeology Museum, from Romans to Victorians via Vikings, 10'000 years of Durham history for free.

Have you seen our Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks exhibition yet? It's your last chance as it closes after this weekend....
21/02/2020

Have you seen our Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks exhibition yet? It's your last chance as it closes after this weekend.
We're open from 10am to 5pm today - come and find out about Norman Cornish and his art.
#NormanCornish100

'I simply close my eyes and they all spring to life.'                                             Don't leave it until i...
20/02/2020

'I simply close my eyes and they all spring to life.' Don't leave it until its too late to see the sketchbooks of Norman Cornish, open until 1 March.
#NormanCornish100 #ThursdayThoughts

19/02/2020

Our Norman Cornish exhibition has been extended due to popular demand! Now open until 1 March. Come and learn more about Norman’s love of sketching and the shapes that inspired him. #NormanCornish100

18/02/2020

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was one of Norman Cornish’s favourite pieces of music. This week is your last chance to hear it form part of the soundtrack to our exhibition Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks. Open until 1 March. #NormanCornish100

Need some #MondayMotivation? Feel inspired by our #NormanCornish100 Exhibition @PalaceGreenLib. Now extended until 1st M...
17/02/2020

Need some #MondayMotivation? Feel inspired by our #NormanCornish100 Exhibition @PalaceGreenLib. Now extended until 1st March! Read and see how our visitors felt inspired! #NormanCornish100 #Sketches

There’s only two weeks left of our Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks exhibition! Don't miss the chance to see the sketchbo...
17/02/2020

There’s only two weeks left of our Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks exhibition! Don't miss the chance to see the sketchbooks that present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works..
#NormanCornish100

'Going to the sketching club was like crawling into a warm woolly sock after the pit. Most of the members were steeped i...
13/02/2020

'Going to the sketching club was like crawling into a warm woolly sock after the pit. Most of the members were steeped in landscape tradition – but I’d rather draw things I saw in the house, like my mother preparing a meal or my father washing after coming back from the pit.'

Now in stock - beautiful new jewellery which is exclusive to @DURetailThe jewellery is a collaboration between North Sea...
12/02/2020

Now in stock - beautiful new jewellery which is exclusive to @DURetail

The jewellery is a collaboration between North Sea Jewellery and Redhouse Glass, each item is created by local artists and are embedded with sandstone from Durham Castle.

If you still looking for that special Valentines gift why not pop in have a look at these one of a kind and unique pieces that are available.

Norman Cornish used his family members as models. His children John and Ann and wife Sarah often appear in many of Corni...
12/02/2020

Norman Cornish used his family members as models. His children John and Ann and wife Sarah often appear in many of Cornish's works.
#NormanCornish100 #DidYouKnow

'He believed strongly that art is a form of communication and every picture has its own narrative. He translated that na...
06/02/2020

'He believed strongly that art is a form of communication and every picture has its own narrative. He translated that narrative in a form that made is accessible and valid for the viewer.' BY ROBERT McMANNTERS AND GILLIAN WALES- Biographer of NC

In 2008, Norman Cornish received an MBE for his contribution to arts. A selection of his sketches are on display in Norm...
05/02/2020

In 2008, Norman Cornish received an MBE for his contribution to arts. A selection of his sketches are on display in Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks, open until 1 March.
#NormanCornish100 #Sketches

'Our idea of navigation was to try remember any interesting buildings, shops, statues etc. in order to prevent us gettin...
04/02/2020

'Our idea of navigation was to try remember any interesting buildings, shops, statues etc. in order to prevent us getting lost. We didn't know the city center very well and we certainly didn't know the names of its streets which I found rather frustrating.'
#NormanCornish100 #Sketches

Surprise!! We have extended Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks until 1 March. Don't miss your chance to look at Norman's sk...
03/02/2020

Surprise!!

We have extended Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks until 1 March.

Don't miss your chance to look at Norman's sketches and see how his work was brought to life.

#NormanCornish100 #sketches #extended #dontmissout

'There is more than enough magic in my own world and my own special world of people for my purposes. This special world ...
30/01/2020

'There is more than enough magic in my own world and my own special world of people for my purposes. This special world of mine is constantly changing and many of the people who inhabited is are no longer with us. Many of the places that once helped make my world, have also passed into time. I made many drawings and paintings of places and people that are now gone.' What do you wish was still here?
#NormanCornish100 #ThursdayThoughts

'A Shot Against Time' opened in 2003 at the University Gallery. It went on tour to several places in England and opened ...
24/01/2020

'A Shot Against Time' opened in 2003 at the University Gallery. It went on tour to several places in England and opened in London as Norman Cornish's first solo exhibition in the capital.

We are loving our new stock, just perfect for bookworms.So if you are looking to chase away those January blues with a g...
22/01/2020

We are loving our new stock, just perfect for bookworms.
So if you are looking to chase away those January blues with a good book we have the perfect cup for the hot chocolate to go with it.
Durham University Retail Office

Norman Cornish first discovered the Flo-master pen in 1947 while in London. He could not afford to buy one, but his frie...
22/01/2020

Norman Cornish first discovered the Flo-master pen in 1947 while in London. He could not afford to buy one, but his friend Ted Harrison came to the rescue and purchased the pen which Norman used for over 60 years. His work using the flo-master is on display now until 23 February.

'When I was 14, times were bad, money was scarce and consequently trips to the city were very rare for me and my young f...
21/01/2020

'When I was 14, times were bad, money was scarce and consequently trips to the city were very rare for me and my young friends. However, when we did manage to get to Newcastle, we would wander around the city with very little sense of orientation.'
#NormanCornish100 #Sketches

'There is universality of creative art which defies time and place. A cave drawing by a man twenty thousand years ago mi...
16/01/2020

'There is universality of creative art which defies time and place. A cave drawing by a man twenty thousand years ago might comfortably hang with a drawing by Picasso.' Do you agree with Norman Cornish?

#NormanCornish100 #ThursdayThoughts

'Sometimes head-dress, especially caps, can be worn so differently by different men.' Come see the many hats in Norman C...
15/01/2020

'Sometimes head-dress, especially caps, can be worn so differently by different men.' Come see the many hats in Norman Cornish's sketches until 23 February.

#NormanCornish100 #DidYouKnow #HatDay

'The man is an animal and the dog is an animal too and funnily enough very similar, arms, legs, heart and chest. So how ...
14/01/2020

'The man is an animal and the dog is an animal too and funnily enough very similar, arms, legs, heart and chest. So how do I get that across?' Look at the left and right sides of this image and how Norman Cornish made it all connect together in an aesthetically pleasing way.

#NormanCornish100 #Sketches

'Perhaps every serious artist creates his or her own special world, and the picture viewer can come to recognise this fa...
09/01/2020

'Perhaps every serious artist creates his or her own special world, and the picture viewer can come to recognise this fact more quickly than the artist themselves. This special mental world is difficult to explain. It is the artist’s personality, plus lifes experiences, that have helped to shape it.'
Describe your special world.
#NormanCornish100 #ThursdayThoughts

Norman Cornish received two honorary degrees; a Masters from Newcastle University in 1974, and a Civil Law doctorate fro...
08/01/2020

Norman Cornish received two honorary degrees; a Masters from Newcastle University in 1974, and a Civil Law doctorate from Northumbria University in 1997. His sketchbooks are on display at Palace Green Library until 23 February.
#NormanCornish100 #DidYouKnow

'I am fascinated by people and fascinated by shapes'  Norman Cornish  He uses the scenes around him to achieves continui...
07/01/2020

'I am fascinated by people and fascinated by shapes' Norman Cornish He uses the scenes around him to achieves continuity and balance by directing the viewer to the lines and shapes within the sketches. See how he explores shapes in Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks.

In 1992, Norman Cornish opened an exhibition at University Gallery called 'Norman Cornish: Paintings and Sketches'. It w...
06/01/2020

In 1992, Norman Cornish opened an exhibition at University Gallery called 'Norman Cornish: Paintings and Sketches'. It went on to tour in Hexham, Ashington, South Shields and Hartlepool later the same year. See some of his sketches on display in Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

'The ability to paint and draw is very useful, but that alone does not make a creative artist.' Norman Cornish          ...
05/01/2020

'The ability to paint and draw is very useful, but that alone does not make a creative artist.' Norman Cornish What do you think makes an artist?
#normancornish #normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

'I liked the attitudes of the figures and also the big, round lights. I remember sitting on a particular seat and survey...
30/12/2019

'I liked the attitudes of the figures and also the big, round lights. I remember sitting on a particular seat and surveying this scene.' Norman Cornish enjoyed sketching people in pubs, where would you like to sketch?
#normancornish #normancornishcentenary

'Norman in Paris' showed Cornish in his element sketching the people and sights of Paris. He was afraid of heights so th...
27/12/2019

'Norman in Paris' showed Cornish in his element sketching the people and sights of Paris. He was afraid of heights so this image of him on the Eiffel Tower looking over Paris with his eyes closed tightly. See the documentary as part of Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks open now.

In 1962, Norman Cornish was asked to paint a mural for the new Durham County Council building. It was a 30’x6’ design cr...
20/12/2019

In 1962, Norman Cornish was asked to paint a mural for the new Durham County Council building. It was a 30’x6’ design created to capture the spirit of the minors Gala. He added people in the parade including himself. See if you can find him.
#NormanCornish100 #FridayExhibitions

'I have tried to draw and paint pictures which I hope will let people know what it felt like to live in my bit of time, ...
19/12/2019

'I have tried to draw and paint pictures which I hope will let people know what it felt like to live in my bit of time, my own slice of history.'
Come see Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks and learn about his slice of history.
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

As a miner, Norman Cornish was not conscripted to fight in WWII as his profession was seen as essential to the war effor...
18/12/2019

As a miner, Norman Cornish was not conscripted to fight in WWII as his profession was seen as essential to the war efforts, he helped where he could doing his part for fire watch. He continued to sketch and about this time, moved towards genre painting, painting the people and the environment around him.
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

We're super excited to announce that we have been awarded funding by #ArtsCouncilEngland for a project to develop the re...
17/12/2019

We're super excited to announce that we have been awarded funding by #ArtsCouncilEngland for a project to develop the research potential of #CosinsLibrary and to share our knowledge of this amazing building and collection with the wider world. More details are on the Durham University news pages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/news/item/?id=40622&itemno=40622

We'll be sharing updates via the University Library and Collections blog as well as here and on our Twitter account.

‘After walking along this road, it naturally becomes a significant part of ones life. To watch the men ahead of you plod...
17/12/2019

‘After walking along this road, it naturally becomes a significant part of ones life. To watch the men ahead of you plodding resignedly through this man-made world is a subject which demands to be drawn again and again.’ #normancornish100 #normancornishcentenary #sketches #sketchbooks

Family Activities are now taking a break over Christmas to enjoy mince pies, yule logs and scrummy hot chocolate.We will...
16/12/2019

Family Activities are now taking a break over Christmas to enjoy mince pies, yule logs and scrummy hot chocolate.

We will be back on 4th January with Sketching and Smudging. We wish you all a good festive season.

We wish you all a good festive season

We wish you all a good festive season

We wish you all a good festive season

Little Bookworms will be taking a break over Christmas to enjoy mince pies and yule logs.Our last day will be 16th Decem...
16/12/2019

Little Bookworms will be taking a break over Christmas to enjoy mince pies and yule logs.

Our last day will be 16th December and will be back on 6th January with more messy fun.

We wish you all a good festive season

As of Sunday 22nd December our opening hours will be changing for the festive period.If you are visiting Durham between ...
16/12/2019

As of Sunday 22nd December our opening hours will be changing for the festive period.

If you are visiting Durham between 27th and 30th December why not pop in to see our latest exhibition Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks.

Wishing you all the best this festive season.

13/12/2019

In 1950 Norman Cornish became involved in The Coal Miners exhibition near Leicester Square, he exhibited 5 paintings alongside people such as Henry Moore. It was here the press became more interested in Norman. Come see his work in Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks this weekend!
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

'I believe, in some way, I have been influenced by every picture that I have ever looked at.' Norman Cornish Which paint...
12/12/2019

'I believe, in some way, I have been influenced by every picture that I have ever looked at.' Norman Cornish Which paintings have influenced you?
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

Norman Cornish was a member of a sketching club held in the Spennymoor Settlement. He applied at age 14 after seeing the...
11/12/2019

Norman Cornish was a member of a sketching club held in the Spennymoor Settlement. He applied at age 14 after seeing their annual exhibition in 1933. 'I thought I was in wonderland' he said. The group got a lot of publicity during exhibitions and were dubbed Pitman's Academy by the press.
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

'The pub with its warm, convivial atmosphere and air of intimacy forms a counterpoint to the harsh conditions undergroun...
10/12/2019

'The pub with its warm, convivial atmosphere and air of intimacy forms a counterpoint to the harsh conditions underground and the hardships of everyday life. Sitting in a pub with a pint of Newcastle Brown and a sketch book and pen at hand, Norman observed his fellow man and was always on the lookout for ‘interesting heads’ to record.' Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks on until 23rd February at Palace Green Library.
#normancornishcentenary #NormanCornish100

In 1947, his artwork was bought by Dr Ravens to hang in the National Coal Boards London offices. This was followed by hi...
06/12/2019

In 1947, his artwork was bought by Dr Ravens to hang in the National Coal Boards London offices. This was followed by him asking Norman to help arrange and run an exhibtion in London called ‘Art by the Miner'. #NormanCornish100

'Many of the places that once helped make my world, have also passed into time. I made many drawings and paintings of pl...
05/12/2019

'Many of the places that once helped make my world, have also passed into time. I made many drawings and paintings of places and people that are now gone.' If you could draw a place that is no longer around today, what would it be? Visit Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks to see what he loved to draw. #NormanCornis100 #ThursdayThoughts

While working as a miner, Norman Cornish never took his sketchbook to work. Most of his sketches of the pit were then dr...
04/12/2019

While working as a miner, Norman Cornish never took his sketchbook to work. Most of his sketches of the pit were then drawn from memory.
#NormanCornish100 #InternationalMiningDay

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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 !