Arts / Education

Durham University, Palace Green Library

"In the seventeenth-century, Palace Green Library – as it is now known – became the first public lending library in the North East of England. It seems only right therefore, that after centuries of dedicated use by Durham University, local communities – and particularly local schools – can once again be enriched through learning within its walls. We are profoundly grateful to the Gillian Dickinson Trust for generously supporting this project; and pleased to be able to further the Trust’s vision in the region." Tim McInnis, Director, Office of Principal Gifts, Durham University

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The Creation of an Education and Outreach Centre in Durham University’s Palace Green Library, a landmark building within the World Heritage Site at Durham.

Durham University – Education and Outreach Centre

A new facility that will transform the provision of educational activities and community outreach at Palace Green Library.

Palace Green Library – situated between the Cathedral and Castle on Durham’s World Heritage Site – has long served the City’s student community. Now, with the generous support of the Gillian Dickinson Trust, it is able to open its doors wider and welcome young people and the local community into a new Education and Outreach Centre.

The new Centre will provide an expanded, creative, and more ambitious schools’ activity programme, including new provision for early-years groups and extended provision for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 groups. The Centre will enable the University to expand its offering to audiences beyond its typical student base: offering regular sessions and workshops to family historians and local-history societies, as well as to other community groups and lifelong learners, so expanding the use of the library to the wider community. Training and Continuing Professional Development sessions will be available to students undertaking their teaching qualification and to qualified teachers working in the North East region. An informal learning programme, including family learning days and regular, after-school, weekend and holiday activities for children, will augment the Library’s enhanced exhibition facilities. A 19th-century, cast-iron printing press will be relocated to this room to demonstrate early printing techniques.