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- 'Adventurers and Pirates' - Hetton Coal Company, 1820
- Looking back at Consett Steel Works
- Celebrating Gala Day 2020
County Durham remembers VE Day 1945
- 'We have come through' - Remembering VE Day 1945
- 9th Battalion DLI: From D-Day to Berlin
- 9th Battalion DLI: VE Day
- 9th Battalion DLI: In Berlin, June - September 1945
- Berlin Victory Parade, 7 September 1945
- Victory Parade at Belsen, 8 May 1945
- The Northern Echo, Victory edition, 9 May 1945
- VE Day and Durham Schools
- 2nd Battalion DLI: Burma 1945
- 2nd Battalion DLI: Rangoon Victory Parade, 15 June 1945
- VE Day and the Durham Miners' Association
- County Durham celebrates VE Day
- Haswell Victory Celebrations, 1945
- Soldier: Victory Souvenir edition, 8 May 1945
- Parade: European Victory edition, 26 May 1945
- VE Day not forgotten by one Spennymoor family
- County Durham celebrates VJ Day
- Victory Day, 8 June 1946
In response to the coronavirus crisis we've created some free Key Stage 2 (KS2) home learning packs for parents and teachers to download.
All are designed for children aged 7-11 (Years 3-6).
Mining in the Durham coalfield
William Laws worked at Blackboy Colliery near Coundon Grange in 1842. Aged only ten, he had already been working there for two years when he was interviewed as part of a government investigation into child labour in factories and mines.
Find out more about William, his life and family using archives from the time, including an account of his daily life given by William himself.
You can also visit our online mining exhibition Celebrating Gala Day 2020 to discover more about this topic.
World War 2 in County Durham
Find out what life was like for the women who worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Aycliffe during the Second World War, using photographs and accounts given by the women themselves.
Discover more about Phoebe Morland, who was tragically killed in 1942.
VE Day in Durham
Explore how the people of County Durham celebrated VE Day using our archives, including a photograph of a street party in Brunswick Street, Darlington, and newspaper accounts of celebrations around the county.
This booklet was produced in partnership with our colleagues at Education Durham and includes advice for teachers on integrating the archives into their lessons.
Help us improve our home learning resources by completing our feedback form.
Archive workshops for schools
To find out more about our linked school workshops please contact our Education Archivist.