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Archives and Special Collections: Medieval Manuscripts: Ushaw College Medieval Manuscripts


Medieval manuscript books at Ushaw are found in the Ushaw Manuscripts collection, identified by the simple reference Ushaw MS. 1 (although not all the items in this sequence are medieval manuscripts).

There is no online catalogue available for this collection, but most are described in N. R. Ker and A. J. Piper, Medieval manuscripts in British Libraries IV Paisley-York (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992) 505-551 (copies at Palace Green - PG 016.091 KER and Cathedral Library ChapterLibS 016.091 KER).

Most can currently be consulted at Palace Green Library: inquiries should be sent to

Availability online (digital images)

These collections have not been digitised, so only the catalogues are currently available online.

If you would like to purchase digital copies of specific items from any of our collections, please get in touch.

If you are a member of teaching staff at Durham University and would like to use material from Archives and Special Collections within your lectures or seminars, we may be able to scan or photograph items for this purpose. Please contact us as early as possible with any teaching digitisation requests.

See also our guide to Digitised Collections Online for further information on our digital resources.

Access to original sources

Our collections are at one of three sites.

  • Palace Green Library: open Monday to Friday (appointments recommended - required during April and May, see below), 10am to 4:30pm
  • 5 The College: access is currently limited. Please submit an enquiry form for further details.
  • Ushaw College Library:  access is currently limited. Please submit an enquiry form for further details.

For further details, see our guide to Visiting us in person.  To make an appointment, please use our enquiry form.  Please give three working days notice for appointments and include a full list of document references or shelfmarks so that we can best enable your research access.

See information on Using Our Collections for further information on accessing our collections and on our facilities and services.

Due to essential works, there will be a period of restricted access to the Archives and Special Collections throughout April and May. Details of opening times can be found in our Library Sites guide.

Where to start

Sources elsewhere