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

Coronavirus update

Search room closed from 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 March until further notice

Our search room will be closed from 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 March until further notice as part of Durham County Council's response to government guidance on Coronavirus.

Family history courses and Third Thursday talks will be cancelled or postponed until the end of April. People who have bought tickets for family history courses will be contacted to arrange refunds.

We hope to re-run cancelled Record Office events at a later date whenever possible.

If you have enquiries while we are closed please email us.

Please do not pay for research or quick search services via our online shop before emailing to check whether we are able to process your request.

On 18 March 2020 Durham County Council announced that all council venues, leisure centres and libraries are to shut from the end of the day until further notice.

All council events until the end of April will be cancelled or postponed.

Information about how services and events are affected will be available on the council's website at

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