Durham

Status: Active, 4 volumes published

Since the Victoria County History of Durham was revived in 1999, the Durham VCH has produced the first red volume in the county series since 1928. Durham volume IV, published in 2005, is an important new history of Darlington.

The Durham VCH has also led the way in the VCH's new paperback series publishing the first ever VCH paperback, a study of the Darlington landscape. The Townscape of Darlington by Gillian Cookson, with contributions by Christine M Newman and Graham R Potts, was published in 2003. 

There are also now two paperbacks about the City of Sunderland for the England's Past for Everyone project:  

Sunderland and its Origins: Monks to Mariners (2008) by Maureen M Meikle and Christine M Newman is a lavishly-illustrated early history of the Wearmouth settlements, up to the foundation of Sunderland parish in 1719. 

Sunderland: Building a City (2010) by Gillian Cookson, takes a long view of how the Wearside landscape evolved from medieval settlements to modern city.

Durham volume V, expected publication date 2014

This comprehensive new history of the parishes of Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth is edited by Gillian Cookson. Work in progress is now appearing on this website - follow the links below.

 

Publications

William Page
Jan 1905
William Page
Jan 1907
William Page
Jan 1928
Townscape of Darlington
G. Cookson, with contributions from C. Newman and G. Potts
Jan 2003
Gillian Cookson
Jan 2005

News and events

Durham VCH editor invited to deliver Mayor of Darlington's lecture
VCH plays a part in Phoenix Lodge records move to Tyne and Wear Archives
A free public lecture at the National Glass Centre
"I couldn't put the book down", says a reader
The VCH history of Sunderland will be published in summer 2014
We are saddened to hear of the death of Kit Bartram TD, a great supporter of...
Dr Adam Chapman is our new Editor and Training Coordinator
Beautifully illustrated book on Sunderland's architecture coming out in...

Work in progress

The Wearside economy since 1945
Wartime and economic crisis
A new era of manufacturing - and the end of the river-borne coal trade.
Poverty, smuggling, overseas trade, war and the garrison, dealing with ballast,...
The growth of the coal trade, salt-making and other industries.