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Your doctoral study as part of Northern Bridge will be supported by an outstanding wealth of resources:

  • We hold a rich and diverse range of Special Collections, many of which are complementary in nature. These include the Sudan Archive and the library of Ushaw College (Durham), the Bloodaxe Books Archive and the Gertrude Bell Papers (Newcastle) and the Hart, Piry, Hamilton Harty MSS and Irish Collections (QUB).
  • Durham hosts dedicated Archaeological and Oriental museums while Newcastle leads the Great North Museum partnership. QUB works closely with Northern Ireland’s Public Record Office, National Museums and Libraries.
  • Amongst our outstanding resources for creative practitioners are QUB’s Sonic Arts Research Centre and The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Newcastle’s Culture Lab, Music Studios and Centre for the Literary Arts, and Durham’s facilities for electroacoustic music.
  • Our libraries have a combined annual spend of £11m, a total physical stock in excess of three million volumes, access to over sixty thousand e-journals and approximately one million e-books.
  • We are proud to host the Northern Bridge Library Guide - providing information on the skills and knowledge on offer from library staff across all Northern Bridge institutions.
  • QUB (2009) and Durham (2013) have opened dedicated study spaces for doctoral students while Newcastle completed a £29m refurbishment for the Arts and Humanities in 2014.

Newcastle Library Update, January 2018