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

Group visits

Members of staff regularly give talks on the work of Durham County Record Office and sources for local and family history to interested groups.

Groups can either visit the Record Office or arrange a convenient time for an archivist to visit the group in their usual meeting place. 

These talks are an excellent way to visit the Record Office for the first time or to discover more about our collections. We make a charge for this service. See Fees and Charges 2019-20 (PDF, 95kb) for more details.

For further information, or to book a visit, please contact us and ask to speak to the County Archivist.

Group visits to the Record Office

Group visits to the archives from April 2018 to March 2019 included:

  • Charles Close Society (maps)
  • Cornsay Residents Association (local history)
  • County Durham Forum for History and Heritage (AGM)
  • Durham County Local History Society (maps)
  • Durham Voluntary Group Diabetes UK (county hall artwork and history)
  • Murton Heritage Society (local history)
  • National Trust volunteers from Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland (Londonderry Estate archive)
  • Shotley Bridge Catholic History Group (family history)
  • Wessington U3A Peace Party (working group) 

Talks delivered to community groups

Visits by archive staff to talk to community groups from April 2018 to March 2019 included:

  • Darlington Library ('The Teesdale Hermit')
  • Durham County Association of Women (introduction to family history)
  • Guild of One Name Studies seminar, National Glass Centre, Sunderland (Mining Durham's Hidden Depths)
  • Seaham Harbour U3A (introduction to the archives)

'And the bride wore...' our talk about archive photos of wedding dresses, was presented to:

  • Dunelm U3A, Bowburn Community Association
  • Durham National Women's Register
  • Trefoil Guild, Willow Road Community Centre, Darlington
  • Upper Dales Family History Group, Swaledale

We also offer a range of school workshops and First World War workshops that are tailored for different age groups.