the archives

Durham Cathedral’s archive is one of the most complete and extensive monastic archives to survive in Britain in its original location.

The archives date back to the late eleventh century. They are of exceptional importance for the medieval period. The post-dissolution archive constitutes a significant source for the social and economic history of the north east of England. The archive includes important holdings of maps and architectural drawings. The Cathedral’s archive is managed on the Cathedral's behalf by Durham University Special Collections.