Talk - Saturday 14th May at 2.30pm - Catherine Wright : The Annandale Family - 100 years of papermaking at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Although papermaking is something of a forgotten industry there were once numerous paper mills in County Durham. These operated with varying degrees of success from some point in the 1670s, when paper was first made at Croxdale Mill, until the 1980s. The firm of John Annandale & Sons was one of the more successful papermaking businesses of the nineteenth century, with paper mills at Shotley Grove and Lintzford. The discovery that her husband is a direct descendant of John Annandale prompted Catherine Wright to investigate. Catherine’s talk will cover what happened to the Durham branch of the Annandale family, and to the business, in those 100 years. It will include a short general account of papermaking, and make brief reference to other County Durham mills.

Our new 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).

Newsletter February 2016 (PDF 212k) gives details of a new talks programme, a new Journal Editor, Dr Mark Egan and a new publication A Visit to the Seaside, which will be ready to go to print this summer.

A provisional date for the Society’s 52nd AGM has been set for Saturday 25th June at County Hall, Durham between 10.30am and 2.30pm. A buffet lunch will be available and the David Reid Memorial Lecture will also be given on that day, details of which will be in the next newsletter.

Minutes of the AGM (PDF 17k) held on 21st November 2015 are now available.

Other Events

25th Mar - 2nd Oct at Palace Green Library An exhibition on the Somme 1916 - from Durham to the Western Front

Wednesday 11 May at 7pm at County Hall, Durham City. The Friends of Durham County Record Office will be holding an evening of Local, Family and Social History Displays by Local History Societies and other organisations. Free entry to all.

Saturday 14th May from 9.30am to 1pm - Twixt Tyne and Tees 2016 will be the next open event at the County Durham Forum for History and Heritage, it will be held at County Hall, Durham. The theme will be the First World War in 1916. For details see the Forum website.

Saturday 11 June - Whickham History Day. At the Society's inaugural talk at Durham City Theatre about George Bowes of Gibside, who was originally buried in Whickham Parish Church, Richard Pears, Secretary of the Whickham History Society, invited DCLHS members to a 40th Anniversary History Day. Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of a new book on Whickham history, commissioned specially for the anniversary. If you wish to attend please complete the application form and send it to : Mrs T Rix, 11 Sunnidale, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5TT

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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.


Research into the history and people of County Durham.

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