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The above project was officially launched at the Yesterday Belongs to You Event in May and received with enthusiasm by both exhibitors and representatives from local history and heritage groups visiting the event. All members of the Forum and local history and heritage groups who are not members were invited to attend any of the three regional meetings held during the week 18-22 May at Chester-le-Street, Durham City and Sedgefield where formal presentations were given on the benefits of the project to local history groups.

Following the presentations 16 groups have shown a strong interest in the scheme and our Web Expert, Graham Robinson's presentation, which focussed on Societies maintaining their websites' independence and the opportunities for training and on-line help, was very well received and appreciated by attendees. However the participant groups were also concerned about their own varying levels of ability to handle extended website work and indeed computer skills in general. Several expressed reservations about using social media although Graham showed how these could be used constructively within carefully defined limits.

Groups were also clear that they wanted to have more contact so the Forum is holding a the first of a number of quarterly meetings on :

Tuesday 22 September in Committee Room 2 at County Hall, Durham from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

The theme of the meeting will be How to Use Social Media for your local history groups.

We aim to cover some of the key concerns that people have when using social media, along with a lot of opportunities for question/answer. You are welcome to bring as many of your group who are interested in becoming familiar with this very powerful tool and its importance to spreading the word free of charge and far and wide.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

The aims of the Forum

To promote and facilitate member organisations in celebrating, researching and raising awareness of the history and heritage of County Durham, and to provide an avenue for communicating and sharing of information between members and the wider community thus creating an opportunity for learning through skills and knowledge.

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c/o 22 Oaklea Mews,
Aycliffe Village,
Newton Aycliffe

You can email cdhhforum@googlemail.com for specific enquiries.

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Last update: October 2014.