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Our artefacts of historical, cultural, and religious significance include paintings, carved stones, textiles, metalwork and manuscripts.

Where to see our historic objects

The Cathedral’s collection of objects and artefacts form an important record of all aspects of the life of the building and its people.  Some of the Cathedral’s most precious artefacts are on display in our Open Treasure exhibition.

They include examples from our stunning collection of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking stones in the Monks’ Dormitory. In what was the Great Kitchen you can view the Treasures of St Cuthbert. More fragile items are displayed in regularly-changing exhibitions.

Viewings can also be arranged for tour groups and visiting academics. Also many objects, from textiles to thuribles, stonework to silver, through our online collections catalogue.

How to view Library collections

Appointments can be made to view our library collections, including manuscript and printed works. Please take a look at The Cathedral Library page for more information.

Recommended collection publications

Explore the collections of Durham Cathedral with a range of publications available from the Cathedral Shop, including:

R. Gameson, Manuscript Treasures of Durham Cathedral, Third Millennium (2010) - RRP: £25

An insight into the highlights of Durham Cathedral’s extensive collection of manuscripts. Forty items, representing one tenth of the Cathedral’s holdings, are discussed in detail.

The manuscripts selected reflect the collection’s range, importance and beauty. Items extend from the 6th century to the 16th. They include masterpieces of book production and decoration from France and Italy as well as from the British Isles.

D. Brown, Durham Cathedral: History, Fabric and Culture, Yale (2015) - RRP: £75

An extensive account of the Cathedral’s history It features contributions from a team of 30 experts, on the founding, development, building, and decoration of Durham Cathedral, as well as how it operates as a building of worship today.

Topics explored include liturgy, music, stained-glass decoration, learning and book collecting. Lavishly illustrated with 400 images, the book includes archival and new photography.