Durham News and events

We are pleased to be launching the latest volume in the County Durham series on November 14 at St Peter's Monkwearmouth. Join us for an interesting Marc Fitch lecture given by Chris Mullin on 'The Changing Face of Sunderland'  followed by refreshments and the launch of Durham 5...
Durham VCH research on Darlington's industrial history will feature in the Mayor's lecture in Darlington. Dr Gill Cookson will speak about Darlington industry, alongside Sir John Hall.  On Thursday 6 March at Central Hall. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11047388....
Queen Street interior ©M. Johnson
The Queen Street masonic hall in Sunderland's east end is a Grade 1 listed building, and the oldest such in the world to have been in continuous use by masons. The earliest records of Phoenix Lodge, some from the 1750s, pre-date the hall (built 1785). Durham VCH helped negotiate the transfer of...
Gill Cookson, consultant editor for Co. Durham VCH, trails new research to be published in the forthcoming Sunderland VCH volume, in a free public lecture at the National Glass Centre on Saturday 12 April 2014 at 12.30 pm. The title of the lecture: Glass-making and the Rise of Industrial Sunderland
Great to have feedback from a reader: "I couldn't put the book down, read through it all straight away and I'm now reading it again very carefully. The bibliography and index shows the depth of research, which is impressive... I am fascinated by the origins of Sunderland as we...
A new and comprehensive history of Sunderland will be out next summer. Scheduled for publication in July 2014, the volume covers the histories of the city's central parishes - Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth - from the earliest times, into the 21st century. It includes landscape and buildings...
We were very saddened to hear that Kit Bartram, one of our most stalwart supporters, died on 18 October 2013. Kit has been a subscriber to the Durham VCH Trust since it launched more than 20 years ago, and with his wife, Jo, was probably the most consistent attender at annual subscribers'...
A spin-off from the architectural research commissioned by the Victoria County History of Durham for its Sunderland project, Michael Johnson and Graham Potts announce their new book on the architecture of Sunderland, 1700-1914, published by The History Press in September 2013.  
  The architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson will examine the spectacular Baroque buildings created in Sunderland during the Edwardian period (1901-10). In particular, we will explore the core of Edwardian Baroque buildings comprising the Empire Theatre, Magistrates’ Court and Dun...
  Part of the popular summer series of Sunderland Community Lectures, Dr Gill Cookson, consultant county editor of Durham VCH, delivers a talk in September to promote the forthcoming major history of Sunderland.   Gill will look at new discoveries made by the VCH, and ponder what we know...
Historic lists of members of Sunderland lodges, 18th and early 19th century, are now on this site: http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/durham/work-in-progress/freemasons-sunderland
Durham VCH Trust newsletters are now available on this site. http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/durham/durham-vch-trust
Michael Johnson, whose work on the history of the Sunderland cottage began with a commission to write for the VCH, has a new article out in Sunderland's R&R magazine.   http://www.randrlife.co.uk/sunderlands-little-palaces/
Prof. Tony Pollard produced a short history of the office of Durham High Sheriff for the sheriff's website: http://www.highsheriffs.com/Durham/DurhamHistory.htm    
The Victoria Hall disaster, in which 183 children were crushed to death in 1883, was commemorated by local schoolchildren in Mowbray Park on the anniversary in June 2011. It is hoped there will be an annual service of remembrance in future. Durham VCH was given an eyewitness account of the...
All the bishop's transcripts of parish registers in Co. Durham, c. 1700 to 1900, have been photographed and are now online.  There are also a Marriage Licence calendar and Marriage Licence applications .
See Sunderland Heritage Forum's new website for news and events run by the forum itself, and by history and amenity groups across the city. The site links to results of the very successful Sunderland Street Names project - and to the new and exciting Sunderland Heritage Quarter, a heritage-...
Durham University Library now has online guides to  Finding information on Durham clergy Finding information on Durham churches Finding information on Durham  parsonage houses Genealogy resources at DULASC See also Sunderland Heritage Forum's 'how to' guide...
Thanks to Durham VCH volunteers, hundreds of County Durham wills and probate documents are now searchable online. Our volunteers also had the distinction of seeing some of their Sunderland research published by the Surtees Society in 2010 (volume 214). Joan Briggs, Rita McGhee,...
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