Status: Active, 5 volumes published

The 'History of North Teesdale' Project Launched at Raby Castle, 17 June 2017

The ‘History of North Teesdale’ project is working with volunteers to produce three VCH Shorts of Gainford, Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale. The project, which is jointly-sponsored by Teesside University, will also engage with schools in the area to promote local history at all levels of the national curriculum, focusing upon the distinctiveness of the Teesdale region.

For further information or to volunteer, please see the county website: https://durhamvictoriacountyhistory.com/ or contact the Project Director: Dr Diana Newton (d.newton@tees.ac.uk) or the Project Coordinator: Dr Janette Garret (J.Garrett@tees.ac.uk)

Sunderland - volume 5

The Victoria County History of Durham, volume 5, covering Sunderland, was published in 2015.

Two paperbacks about the City of Sunderland were also published 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.

Darlington - volume 4

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 4, 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. 



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

Join us to celebrate the publication of Durham 5
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
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Beautifully illustrated book on Sunderland's architecture coming out in...

Work in progress

VCH Durham, volume 5, Sunderland, edited by Gill Cookson, was published in 2015....