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.
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Archive workshops for schools
To find out more about our linked school workshops please contact our Education Archivist.