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

Archive education service

Information about the archive education service at Durham County Record Office and the Learning Zone, our dedicated online resource for teachers and students.

We provide an active and innovative archive education service for primary and secondary schools in County Durham and Darlington.

We work in partnership with teachers on regional education and outreach projects to explore treasures within the archives and promote their use in schools. Pupils use a wide range of documentary evidence to develop an understanding of past events and how those events can be interpreted through differing viewpoints.

We use archives to inspire creativity in schools.  We have worked successfully with writers, artists and dance and drama specialists to develop potential in students of all ages.

The Learning Zone section of our website contains:

  • online resources for most Key Stages of the National Curriculum
  • information about our resource packs and resource boxes for use in the classroom
  • advice about the archive educational visits and workshops we offer.