Durham County Record Office

We are responsible for collecting and preserving the archives of people and organisations in County Durham and Darlington, and making those records available to as many people as possible.  We help people every day to learn about their heritage, follow their family tree, or for more official reasons like their time in care, their rights of way or boundaries, and democratic accountability.  We also work with teachers to provide bespoke school workshops.

Archives are our memory - they provide a unique access to our past. They are the written records of people's day-to-day lives.

We hold over five miles of records, which are stored in strong rooms where they can be protected from theft and fire, and where the temperature and humidity are controlled. Our earliest document dates from about 1122, but not all are old. For example, we hold up-to-date minutes of Durham County Council and recent parish registers.

We always welcome new deposits or gifts of records from individuals and organisations. We do not charge for looking after archives.

Our public search room is open at the following times - booking is essential: Monday, Tuesday 8.45am - 4.45pm; Wednesday 8.45am - 8.00pm.

When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
Monday and Tuesday 8.45am - 4.45pm
Wednesday 8.45am - 8.00pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Durham County Record Office
03000 267 619

Where to go

Durham County Record Office
County Hall
County Durham

Other details

Cost description
No charge to view the archives in person

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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