We are custodians of internationally recognised cultural collections, housed and displayed at Palace Green Library, the Oriental Museum, Durham Castle and across our campus. These include important collections of European, Asian and African art and archaeology; social history and anthropological collections; biological specimens; archives; manuscripts; and early printed books from around the world. Four of our cultural collections have been granted elite “Designated Collection” status by Arts Council England in recognition of their global significance.
About our collections
Our extensive and wide-ranging collections and are used by members of the university, the wider academic community, schools and members of the public, for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment. They include print books and journals, ebooks and ejournals, articles, reports, theses dissertations, databases, datasets and other research sources, images, recordings, news and open access resources.