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

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Click on an album below to see each set of photographs:

  • Around the Record Office

    Take a look around our facilities before you visit Durham County Record Office at County Hall in Durham City.

  • Oldest, largest, longest...

    What is the oldest document or the biggest book in the archives? Use this album to take a look at some of our collections.

  • Search the Catalogue

    A step by step example of how to search our online catalogue. Use the Quick Links at the top of this page to find the Catalogue Search screen. This example shows an 'All of These Words' search for Robert Storey. Try a 'Keyword' search for R.W. Storey, then try a 'Keyword' search for R. Storey to see how a different search term produces different results.

  • Search the Catalogue for Images

    See how to search our catalogue for images that you can view online. There are over 40,000 images from our collections on this website. Use the Quick Links at the top of this page to find the Catalogue Search screen.

  • War Horse

    Following the release of the blockbuster Spielberg film "War Horse" in January 2012 and the successful stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book, Durham County Record Office presents a story of war horses from the North East in World War One. This album contains photographs and extracts from the diary of Sergeant George Thompson of Sunderland who enlisted in the 7th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry in 1910. Three generations of the Thompson family had worked at the Vaux Brewery in Sunderland where George probably worked with the dray horses. In April 1915 he went to France and drove limber wagons carrying rations and ammunition to the front line. His concern for his horses is evident throughout the diary you will see here and, remarkably, one horse survived until the end of the war.