Durham County Record Office

Durham County Record Office
County Hall






0191 383 3253


0191 383 4500

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The Durham County Record Office is responsible for collecting and preserving documents relating to County Durham and Darlington and for making those records available for study and research.

There are regular displays of documents held by the Record Office, in the Durham Room of County Hall and in the corridor leading to the Record Office.

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Opening hours

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

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

Large numbers of historical documents have been deposited by their owners for safe-keeping in the Record Office.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 2014: Durham at War - Archives for the First World War Centenary

  • 12 September 2014

Find out about our First World War Centenary project Durham at War - an interactive website to map the effects of the war on County Durham. Find out how to volunteer for this project.

Discover local archive resources for WW1 at Durham County Record Office. See how to research WW1 heritage sites including war memorials, and uncover the stories of individuals and communities affected by the conflict at home or abroad. Visit archive strongrooms and find out about the records we look after, and how you can use them. Ask an archivist, seek help on useful sources for your research, discuss potential archives that you might have among your family papers.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.