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

Third Thursday talks in 2018

Details of the first three talks in next year's programme

Our programme of 'Third Thursday Talks' offers fascinating new insights into the archive collections at Durham County Record Office. Presented by local archivists and guest speakers, this is your opportunity to hear experts sharing their discoveries about the archive collections they know and love.

The first three 'Third Thursday' talks in 2018 are on 18 January, 15 February and 15 March.

Turnpike Trustee Tantrums

by David Butler, archivist and local historian

Thursday 18 January 2018, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Unearth a tale of intrigue, plotting, physical violence and pages being torn out of minute books in 1780s Darlington.

Turnpike roads from map of County Durham, 1768 (D/Lo/P 239)

Where: Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL

Cost: £2. Advance booking essential. Please phone 03000 267619 to book a place.

'All of a sudden, hell let loose' - The Chérisy Trench Raid, 1917

by Steve Shannon, military researcher

Thursday 15 February 2018, 12.30pm-1.15pm

The trench raid at Chérisy in September 1917 is the only known trench raid to be photographed in progress by the Royal Flying Corps.

Aerial photo of trench positions around Cherisy, France, 16 June 1917

Lieutenant Colonel Roland Bradford VC, born in Witton Park and raised in Darlington, became the youngest brigadier in the British Army, aged only 25, as a result of his involvement.

There is also an exhibition about the trench raid in the Record Office entrance corridor. This is free and on display until mid 2018.

Where: Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL

Cost: £2. Advance booking essential. Please phone 03000 267619 to book a place.

Two soldiers, two diplomats, one girlfriend

by Alan Heesom, former lecturer at Durham University

Thursday 15 March 2018, 6.30pm-8.00pm

With the help of a renowned expert on the Londonderry family, find out about the private life of the Third Marquess of Londonderry, looking particularly at the Londonderry-Burghesh correspondence of 1814-1846, held at the Record Office.

3rd Marquess of Londonderry (DRO Library E39)

Where: Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL

Cost: £5. Advance booking essential. Please phone 03000 267619 to book a place.

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