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Our programme of talks which are free and open to non-members :-

Saturday 20 May 2017 2:30pm - Dr. Stephen D. Shannon: Irish Nationalists in County Durham, 1860 - 1930: An Overview at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. For over 60 years, from the 1860s to the 1920s, Irish migrants in County Durham, and their children and grandchildren, were urged by Irish nationalist leaders to join political organisations that had as their aim an independent Ireland. Some, such as the United Irish League of Great Britain, sought this through peaceful, constitutional means, but others, most notably the Irish Republican Brotherhood, were prepared to fight for an Irish Republic. Once Irish nationalist leagues and associations met in village pubs and local halls across County Durham from Consett to Trimdon and from Jarrow to Bishop Auckland. For over a decade before the First World War, Irish nationalists held an annual gala in Wharton Park to demand Home Rule; whilst Catholic churches across the diocese said masses for the repose of the souls of Fenian dead. Steve Shannon’s talk will explore this almost forgotten element of the history of County Durham and of the history of many of the people living in County Durham today.

AGM NEWS Saturday 24 June 2017 11:00am The Society’s 53rd AGM will be held at County Hall, Durham. A buffet lunch will be available. Details to follow.
The David Reid Memorial Lecture will follow starting at 1.15 pm. This year’s lecture will be The Rites of Durham in context by Dr Margaret Harvey.

See our full programme.

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Other Events

Events at Durham Cathedral.

15th July 2017 - Yesterday Belongs to You at Beamish Museum - A return of this popular event organised by County Durham Forum for History and Heritage.

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Durham County Local History Society

The Society is a registered charity (no. 235597) formed in 1964 to encourage and promote interest in the study of the history of County Durham.

It particularly focuses on recent centuries when County Durham was playing a major part in the economic and industrial growth of Britain and also making its individual contribution to the social, religious and political development of our country.

The Society attends events promoting local history, issues a range of publications, arranges occasional talks free to non-members and maintains this website.

The Journal, available free to members, includes original contributions on Durham's history, articles on sources and reviews of books.

Other publications, covering original research on a wide range of local topics, are made available to members at reduced prices.

If you have any questions about DCLHS you can contact the Secretary Dr John Banham on 01388 816209, e-mail by clicking here or write to him c/o 21 St. Marys Grove, Tudhoe Village, Spennymoor DL16 6LR

Current Subscription Rates

Due on 1st April 2016
Ordinary Members£15.00
Joint Members (at the same address)£18.00
See our Membership page for details of how to join the Society.

History & Publications

Research into the history and people of County Durham.

Our Journal Editor, Dr Mark Egan, would like to hear from members interested in writing for the Journal, who have suggestions to make about the Journal’s format and contents or who wish to suggest subjects to be covered and possible authors (details on the Publications page).

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