Durham County Record Office

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Durham County Record Office is responsible for collecting and preserving documents relating to County Durham and Darlington and for making those records available to as wide an audience as possible. You can visit the record office in person, or make use of our enquiry service. Over 40,000 images are available to view on our website.

Exhibitions of archives are displayed in the record office entrance, in libraries and community venues.

See www.durhamatwar.org.uk for HLF funded First World War project

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Opening hours

Monday 8.45am-4.45pm
Tuesday 8.45am-4.45pm
Wednesday 8.45am-8.00pm

You must make an appointment to consult documents or microfilms in the Record Office. The number of places available is limited and an appointment ensures that a microfilm reader or table space will be available.

As we are very busy at present, we recommend that you make an appointment at least two weeks in advance.

Closed Thurs-Sun. We are also closed on public holidays - please see our website for details or call us.

Admission charges

Access in person is free of charge. Short specific searches are free of charge, though copies of documents incur charges. Charges apply to copies, research service, group visits and talks.

Large numbers of historical documents have been deposited by their owners for safe-keeping in the Record Office. These include records of:

Durham County Council
Durham Quarter Sessions
Other local councils in the County
Church of England parishes in the Dioceses of Durham and Ripon
Non-conformist churches
National Coal Board
Pre-nationalisation (pre-1947) colliery companies
Landed Families and Estates
Schools and Colleges

You can search the catalogues of all our holdings in our online DRO Database.

Collection details

Industry, Law and Order, Religion, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Durham at War - uncovering our First World War heritage

  • 10 September 2015

Visit Durham County Record Office and find out about the 'Durham at War' First World War centenary project. Discover how volunteers are unearthing new stories from the archives and adding them to the Durham at War interactive mapping website. See what's on the website already and how you can make your own contribution online. Come and meet some of our project volunteers who will tell you about their research for the Cocken Hall archaeological excavation earlier this summer, and their work transcribing WW1 diaries.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Durham County Record Office
County Hall






03000 267619

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