Welcome to Durham Cathedral Online Collections Search

Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral is cherished for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede.

Durham Cathedral holds a wide range of collections of historical, cultural, and religious significance including paintings, carved stones, textiles, metalwork and monuments. Please use this website to explore our artefact and architectural collections.

General searches can be carried out using the simple search tool, or browse highlights from our collections using the thumbnail links. More detailed searches can be carried out using the expert and advanced search tools.

Please note that this website does not include items from our Library and Archive collections. For information about these collections please refer to the main Cathedral website www.durhamcathedral.co.uk. If you have a query regarding any of our collections, please email library@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call +44(0)191 386 2489.


All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of the collections records (including images) published on this website are the copyright of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral or have been reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder. However, if you have any queries or additional information regarding the copyright of an object or artwork on this website, please email library@durhamcathedral.co.uk.

Durham Cathedral Imaging Service

Images on this website should not be reproduced without the permission of the copyright holder. The Cathedral Imaging Service can supply digital images of material from the Cathedral’s collections. Please contact the Library for an order form, full price details, and terms and conditions - including information about copyright and permissions to reproduce. Please email library@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call +44(0)191 386 2489.