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28 March 2024 - 28 March 2024

5:30PM - 6:30PM

Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

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The Test of Time: a talk sharing stories from a new book about the life and work of Norman Cornish

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Norman Cornish painting from the new book The Test of Time

This talk with Mike Thornton, author and son-in-law of Norman Cornish, will reveal highlights from the new book The Test of Time, telling the stories behind Norman’s paintings and offering unrivalled access to a slice of art history.

Combining historical moments from Norman’s life with anecdotes with his friends, family and supporters, the talk will share some previously unseen works and is sure to evoke memories and nostalgia from a bygone era.

Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014) is one of the North East’s most celebrated and much-loved artists. His work is represented in public and private collections across the UK and abroad.


The exhibition Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks was displayed at Palace Green Library in 2019 – 2020.


Free and all welcome, please book through Eventbrite or by calling Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932.

This talk is part of the Thursday Twilight Openings at Palace Green Library. The talks take place on the 4th Thursday of every month at Palace Green Library.

Find out more about the museums and the collections from across Durham University, including Archives and Special Collections, Art Collection, Cosin's Library, Durham Castle, Museum of Archaeology and Oriental Museum. 

The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre and the Museum of Archaeology are also open until 7pm during the Twilight Openings.


Free and all welcome.

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Palace Green Library