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

Governance and policy

Information about the legislation, management and policies that govern the archive service at Durham County Record Office.


Durham County Record Office is part of the Communications and Information Management division of Transformation and Partnerships at Durham County Council.

Management of the Record Office transferred from the former Adults, Wellbeing and Health service to the Assistant Chief Executive's Office (ACE) in 2012. ACE was renamed Transformation and Partnerships in June 2016. For more information see the Council structure page on the Durham County Council website.

Durham County Record Office provides the official archive service for Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council under a number of pieces of legislation, including:

Public Records Act 1958

Durham County Record Office is appointed as a place of deposit for public records and is inspected by The National Archives to ensure compliance.

Local Government (Records) Act 1962

This Act confers discretionary powers for local authorities to provide an archives service.

Local Government Act 1972

This Act requires local authorities to 'make proper arrangements with respect to any documents that belong to or are in the custody of the Council or any of their officers'. In 1999, the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions issued guidance as to what was meant by 'proper arrangements'.

Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978

This measure governs the inspection and care of parish records. The Diocese of Durham has appointed Durham County Record Office as the place of deposit for parish records.

An inspection of all parishes in the Diocese of Durham is carried out every five years under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978.

The National Archives self-assessment programme

Durham County Record Office is rated a 3 star service by The National Archives under its self-assessment performance measurement programme for local authority archive services.


We will add more policies to this area as they become available: