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

Opening times

From January 2022, Durham County Record Office's search room will temporarily close to visitors to allow staff to begin packing its extensive collection of records in anticipation of a move to a new state-of-the-art history centre. The archive is being moved from County Hall in Durham to a new history centre at Mount Oswald Manor House, which is due to open in 2023.

Visitors will no longer be able to use the office's search room but they can still contact us by email. Please check our website or email us before phoning to leave a voicemail message.

We will continue to offer the same high level of professionalism and commitment during this temporary closure, to help people with their enquiries from Monday to Friday.


Please be aware that the Record Office is also closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all UK bank holidays.