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Operating as usual

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but we’ve been working on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the sce...
21/09/2020
Coming Soon From Durham University Museums

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but we’ve been working on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the scenes.

To whet your appetite, click on the link and watch a short story about what we have coming up over the next few months.

https://stories.durham.ac.uk/coming-soon/

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but the Durham University Museums team have been working hard on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the scenes.

#onmydesktoday A 1627 Bible with travel instructions... 🤔#rarebooks #speccolls #bookoftheday
18/09/2020

#onmydesktoday A 1627 Bible with travel instructions... 🤔

#rarebooks #speccolls #bookoftheday

Palace Green Library is taking part in the Team Durham #DurhamGoesTheDistance challenge celebrating the 40th anniversary...
10/09/2020

Palace Green Library is taking part in the Team Durham #DurhamGoesTheDistance challenge celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Great North Run. Perfect day for a lunchtime run on the Quayside!

Happy #literacyday from everyone at Palace Green Library!
08/09/2020

Happy #literacyday from everyone at Palace Green Library!

03/09/2020

Want to learn more about The Battle of Dunbar? Watch this video co-created with Sheridan Design.

#ScotsSoldiers #OTD

#OTD in 1650, the Scottish army, led by Sir David Leslie was defeated at the Battle of Dunbar. Oliver Cromwell marched t...
03/09/2020

#OTD in 1650, the Scottish army, led by Sir David Leslie was defeated at the Battle of Dunbar. Oliver Cromwell marched the prisoners of war to Durham, where they were kept in the Cathedral and Castle. Many of them died here, but a number were sent to the east coast of America. After their 7 years of servitude, they were able to create a new life for themselves. None of them returned to Scotland.

Our 2018 exhibtion is now on tour! Don't miss your chance to see it at Old Berwick Historical Society in Maine! Check out their website for more information about booking tickets, http://www.oldberwick.org/

Durham Summer In The City has partnered with Riverwalk Durham to create an Art Hunt! Can you find the summer photographs...
01/09/2020

Durham Summer In The City has partnered with Riverwalk Durham to create an Art Hunt!

Can you find the summer photographs from the Palace Green Library archives?

Download your map and get hunting!

#ArtHunt #FindTheAchives

Join us for an Art Hunt!

In partnership with The Riverwalk, there are 17 artworks for you to find. Can you spot them all? Make sure you let us know which one is your favourite.

We have worked with different artists from all over the world to create this, including Durham Sixth Form Centre and many more.

Download your map here https://sitcfestival.org/art-hunt/

Photo Credit: Deano Moore Photography

Durham Summer In The City has partnered with The Riverwalk to create an Art Hunt! Can you find the summer photographs fr...
01/09/2020

Durham Summer In The City has partnered with
The Riverwalk to create an Art Hunt!

Can you find the summer photographs from the Palace Green Library archives?

Download your map and get hunting!

#ArtHunt #FindTheAchives

Join us for an Art Hunt!

In partnership with The Riverwalk, there are 17 artworks for you to find. Can you spot them all? Make sure you let us know which one is your favourite.

We have worked with different artists from all over the world to create this, including Durham Sixth Form Centre and many more.

Download your map here https://sitcfestival.org/art-hunt/

Photo Credit: Deano Moore Photography

01/09/2020
IMEMS Durham

In this short video, James Kelly from the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University talks about how relics and pilgrimage helped to form a Catholic identity for early modern English religious communities on the Contintent. A summary of his talk with suggested further reading can be found on the IMEMS events page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/?eventno=47539.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3105050019592792

Join Dr James Kelly from Durham University as he continues our journey 'On Pilgrimage' this month with his talk "English convents in early modern Europe: pilgrimages, relics and Catholic identity"

27/08/2020
#Behindthescenes at Palace Green Library!

Our conservators are still hard at work caring for our collections, and today they have been repairing part of the Durham Probate Records from over 300 years ago! Here's one of our conservators, Katie, on her work:

"Today I’ve been re-sizing some Probate Records from 1715 with gelatine. They were acidic and stained so have been washed and de-acidified, but doing this removes some of the original ‘sizing’ so I’m putting it back! This will reduce the absorbency and softness of the paper. The next stage after this is to repair the tears and holes."

#specialcollections #conservationinaction #speccolls #archives

With us returning to Palace Green, the work on Cosin's Library has also restarted. There is scaffolding everywhere still...
24/08/2020

With us returning to Palace Green, the work on Cosin's Library has also restarted. There is scaffolding everywhere still, but we're making progress! #CosinsLibrary #Conservationinaction #Worldofscaffold

One thing we learned during #lockdown2020 is to pay attention to the little things.. Like catching glimpses of the origi...
21/08/2020

One thing we learned during #lockdown2020 is to pay attention to the little things.. Like catching glimpses of the original Bishop Cosin's library in between all the scaffolding. #bishopcosinslibrary #renovation #historicallibrary #specialcollections

Palace Green Library has opened again for staff, so here's a peek #behindthescenes at a rare books cataloguer (and their...
19/08/2020

Palace Green Library has opened again for staff, so here's a peek #behindthescenes at a rare books cataloguer (and their book trolley) back in action. #rarebooks #librariesofinstagram #specialcollections

P.s.: The book in question is the Psalterium Davidis (1639), belonging to our Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre collection - more info can be found in our catalogue:
https://library.dur.ac.uk/search~S1?/YPsalterium+davidis&searchscope=1&SORT=D/YPsalterium+davidis&searchscope=1&SORT=D&SUBKEY=Psalterium+davidis/1%2C17%2C17%2CE/frameset&FF=YPsalterium+davidis&searchscope=1&SORT=D&9%2C9%2C

#throwback to last summer when Exhibitions and Learning staff helped (hopefully😅) create a section of a beautiful @durha...
13/08/2020

#throwback to last summer when Exhibitions and Learning staff helped (hopefully😅) create a section of a beautiful @durhamwildlife proggy mat on Palace Green! This fun activity was part of our WILD exhibition events programme.
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#durhamgoeswild
#onthisday
#summervibes

We’re all encouraged to #reuse & #recycle - that’s what the Church Commission for #Durham Bishopric did with this plan f...
07/08/2020

We’re all encouraged to #reuse & #recycle - that’s what the Church Commission for #Durham Bishopric did with this plan for the proposed Redheugh Bridge, designed by Thomas Bouch in 1866. The map was repurposed to draw up the new parishes of #Gateshead in 1871. To see more local digitised maps and plans looked after by us, check out the link
https://bit.ly/2PtOdKk

Congratulations to all our #Durham Graduates who had Online Graduation yesterday. We thought we'd celebrate by sharing t...
05/08/2020

Congratulations to all our #Durham Graduates who had Online Graduation yesterday. We thought we'd celebrate by sharing these group photos of University college boat club in 1974 and 1983 - different times 🥳👩‍🎓🧑‍🎓
@universitycollegedurham
@durhamalumni
Durham University

It's summer holiday time so here is some staycation #mondaymotivation from Middlesbrough High School scout group, campin...
03/08/2020

It's summer holiday time so here is some staycation #mondaymotivation from Middlesbrough High School scout group, camping at Osmotherley in July 1917
#glamping
#Staycation2020
#campinggoals⛺️
#archivesathome

Today is #NationalColoringBookDay so we are reposting some images from our collections for you all to colour in. Visit h...
02/08/2020

Today is #NationalColoringBookDay so we are reposting some images from our collections for you all to colour in. Visit https://dulib.blog/ to find out more about these items and much more! #SundayFunday #rarebooks #speccolls

To ensure the safety and well-being of staff and visitors, Durham University’s museums, galleries and Botanic Garden wil...
31/07/2020

To ensure the safety and well-being of staff and visitors, Durham University’s museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed until early 2021. We will be using the closed period to carry out improvements at all our sites. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out more about the exciting changes we are making, including a new permanent gallery space for our art collection.

#onmydesktoday This is a picture of Sister Henrietta or Ellen Redmond. Professed in 1925 she became a teacher at the sch...
24/07/2020

#onmydesktoday This is a picture of Sister Henrietta or Ellen Redmond. Professed in 1925 she became a teacher at the school in Filey until 1931 when she was sent to France and taught in a French school. She stayed there despite being regularly questioned by the Nazis who thought she was a spy! She returned to England after the war. Sister Henrietta became the Superior at Mary Mount in 1950. This photo is from a handwritten album called ‘This is Your Life’, presumably presented to her on her retirement. #speccolls #nuntastic #ww2 #archives

Looking forward to this view of the Durham peninsula again on my daily #walktowork.  #tbt #palacegreenlibrary #durham #h...
23/07/2020

Looking forward to this view of the Durham peninsula again on my daily #walktowork.
#tbt #palacegreenlibrary #durham #historicalbuildings

The register of books borrowed from Bishop Cosin's Library for the years 1721-1782 (Cosin MS. B.i.21), or a cataloguer's...
21/07/2020

The register of books borrowed from Bishop Cosin's Library for the years 1721-1782 (Cosin MS. B.i.21), or a cataloguer's #humpday. #manuscripts #cosinslibrary

Discover at Home is a free downloadable resource for 5- 9 year olds which can be used at home – discover Durham Universi...
20/07/2020

Discover at Home is a free downloadable resource for 5- 9 year olds which can be used at home – discover Durham University’s collections, from Durham Castle’s grand building, to the Oriental Museum’s treasures, to the colourful Art Collection, the papers of the Archives and the secrets from the Museum of Archaeology. You will Discover objects, paintings and artefacts from our collections, create art work like artist and Durham University teacher Dr Finola Finn and share your work in our online Community Gallery. For more information click here, or email [email protected].
This FREE resource is available to download at home, once you have completed the activities send us a photo of your worksheet and what you have made!
The resource celebrates Durham University's Library and Collection, as well DU staff, Dr Finola Finns work, which you may have see at Lumiere Durham 2017. This work is part of DU's Art Collection!
Once completed, the work will be able to be moderated and each child will get their own official Arts Award Discover certificate!
The first 100 completed will be moderated for FREE, so your child will receive their very own qualification and accompanying certificate for Arts Award Discover. This has all been funded by Culture Bridge, and there are loads of museums across the North East taking part.

Leaving this here. Because sometimes we just need to show off a pretty bookbinding🤗 #speccolls #rarebooks #lockdownlibra...
14/07/2020

Leaving this here. Because sometimes we just need to show off a pretty bookbinding🤗 #speccolls #rarebooks #lockdownlibraries (DUL SB 2519)

With the virtual Durham Miners Gala taking place tomorrow, we thought it would be fitting to share the story of the mura...
10/07/2020
Norman Cornish

With the virtual Durham Miners Gala taking place tomorrow, we thought it would be fitting to share the story of the mural painted by Norman Cornish for County Hall in 1963

“I decided to paint a smaller version of the mural (Gala) first. At the time, the only place available to do this was our bedroom. This smaller version reached from the bedroom window to the top of the stairs and so, for a time, we were obliged to crawl under the painting in order to go to bed.” Norman Cornish

For the full story, visit the website below
https://bit.ly/3fbZGJX

The official website of the artist Norman Cornish, providing resources and information about exhibitions and publications.

Some old photographs from our archives of Durham. This is North Road bus station in the 1950's. Hard to recognise it to ...
04/07/2020

Some old photographs from our archives of Durham. This is North Road bus station in the 1950's. Hard to recognise it to what is there today!
Also an early 20th century view of Crossgate Browse more images of Durham here from the Gibby photographic print collection https://bit.ly/3i4J9t1
#ArchivesAtHome

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed during July 2020. Our top priority is the safety and wellbe...
03/07/2020

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed during July 2020. Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We’ll only reopen when we’re sure that we have all of the necessary safety measures in place.

You can continue to explore the collections and learn from home using our online resources. @durham_uni @dumuseums #museumfromhome #lockdownlibraries #archivesfromhome https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/ or https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/

Looking back at sunny days on Palace Green taken in 2019 and 1923. Can you spot the differences between the images? Durh...
02/07/2020

Looking back at sunny days on Palace Green taken in 2019 and 1923. Can you spot the differences between the images?
Durham University
Durham World Heritage Site
#TBT
#ArchivesAtHome

#Onthisday in 2013 we opened our Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition! 100,000 people came to experience the story of this ama...
01/07/2020

#Onthisday in 2013 we opened our Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition! 100,000 people came to experience the story of this amazing book – were you one of them? #MuseumFromHome

In our latest blog, catch up on a lockdown tour of the unique collections held by RLUK members, including Palace Green L...
30/06/2020
RLUK Collections: a virtual tour of our shared treasures

In our latest blog, catch up on a lockdown tour of the unique collections held by RLUK members, including Palace Green Library's Lambton Archive, Sudan Archive & Cremation Society records. Thanks to @RLUK-David for kind permission to re-use his virtual tour https://dulib.blog/2020/06/30/rluk-collections/

Durham University Library and Collections is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland. As many members entered lockdow…

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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 !