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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 holdings. A charge is made for this service. See our 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.

Some group visits to the Record Office in 2016-17

  • Alington House Community Association
  • Chilton 71 Project (filmmaker Brian Wise working with young people to explore local history and produce a film)
  • Coxhoe Women's Institute
  • Durham Blue Coat Junior School (WW2 on the Home Front)
  • Durham City Freemen's history group
  • Durham County Federation of Women's Institutes
  • Gainford CE Primary School (history of their school)
  • Gateshead U3A family history group
  • International Map Collectors Society
  • Investing in Children's WW1 - Who cared for kids? HLF project
  • Lanchester St Bede's Catholic School (researching a WW1 soldier for the South Moor Regeneration Project)
  • National Trust Mount Stewart House volunteers (Londonderry Estate archives)

Some talks delivered to groups in 2016-17

  • Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership event at the National Railway Museum, Shildon
  • Bishop Auckland St John's Catholic School and Ferryhill Enterprise College (Arts Council England project)
  • County Durham Forum for History and Heritage
  • Dissenting Voices and the Everyday conference at The National Archives, London
  • Joseph Cowan Life Long Learning Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Northumberland and Durham Family History Society conference
  • Stockton Central Library Stories on the High Street project
  • Ushaw Moor Silver Tree Primary School (local history workshop)
  • Woodhouse Close Primary School (WW1 workshops)

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