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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington

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About Us

This section of our website contains information about what we do and the services we provide as the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington.

Durham County Record Office is the local authority archive service for County Durham and Darlington. It was established in 1961, and is located in County Hall, Durham City.

We collect and preserve records of:

  • the present County Durham and Darlington
  • the historic county of Durham (before 1974) between the Rivers Tyne and Tees.

Our archive collections span almost 900 years, from about 1122 to the present day, and occupy five miles (8 km) of shelving. The records are stored in strong rooms where they are protected from theft and fire, and where the temperature and humidity are controlled.

We make these records available for study and research in our Search Room. Admission to the Search Room is free although there is a charge for any copies we provide.

Our online catalogue describes the records we keep. Use our website to find out what we hold, then choose how to get the information you require:

"I wanted to say a big thank you for the daily work you do and the way you do it. It has impressed me no end."

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