Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
Every weekend, we offer drop in family activities from 1pm - 3pm, free with your admission ticket to our exhibitions!
Palace Green Library Book Club
Palace Green Library Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 5pm - 6pm in the Learning Centre.
The book is decided month by month as we fit around what our members are enjoying! We read books based around Palace Green Library's exhibitions and the Oriental Museum’s collections. As well as literature surrounding our temporary exhibitions.
Occasionally, we also offer sessions for members looking at archival material from 4pm - 5pm before the normal Book Club meeting in the Learning Centre. This includes looking at the special collections, new galleries, handling collections and occasionally a craft activity.
The Palace Green Library Book Club appeals to people who want new experiences, enjoys conversations about the literature, want the chance to learn about the collections at Durham University and the opportunity to meet new people in and around Durham. Cake and biscuits are at the heart of every meeting!
To join the Book Club, email us to be added to the Book Club mailing list. Alternatively, information is at our reception desk and we can contact you via telephone or post.
BODIES OF EVIDENCE: HOW SCIENCE UNEARTHED DURHAM’S DARK SECRET 9 June 2018 - 7 Oct 2018 , 10:00 to 17:00
Every city has its secrets and Durham is no exception.
In November 2013 two mass burials were discovered in an area being developed as a new café for Palace Green Library. After over 350 years, a team of archaeologists from Durham University were able to confirm that the burials were some of a group of Scottish Prisoners who died in 1650 following the Battle of Dunbar. Find out how different pieces of a complex jigsaw of evidence were pieced together to establish the identity of the bodies, the science behind the discoveries, and the remarkable story of the survivors, some of whom were transported to New England to a new life at the edge of the known world.
Bodies of Evidence brings together material from collections across the UK and beyond. The exhibition shows how Durham University scientists working with colleagues at Bradford, York and Liverpool John Moores universities used the latest scientific techniques to reveal more about the soldiers’ story – how they lived, why they died, and what became of those who survived.
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community 11 March 2017 - 11 March 2022
The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) has a special place in the story of County Durham. Find out why by visiting The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community.
From its beginning in 1758 as John Lambton’s 68th Regiment of Foot, the DLI has been present at some of the most important events in world history. From fighting the armies of Napoleon to helping defeat Hitler, the actions of the regiment’s soldiers have helped shape the world we know today.
The DLI Collection Gallery tells the history of the regiment through the stories of the soldiers who made it. Learn more about their brave deeds and see the Victoria Cross awarded to Private Michael Heaviside for saving the life of his injured comrade. Discover the DLI’s surprising sporting past and marvel at what was once said to be the world’s biggest football trophy. Have fun and meet soldiers from the DLI’s past by playing our touch table game, A March Through Time.
Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham 26 July 2014 - 26 July 2020
This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind to be rediscovered. Discover Prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations.