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Proposed Durham History Centre

(2 October 2020)

Durham County Council has been given the go ahead to restore the grade II listed Mount Oswald Manor House (just off South Road) and turn it into a vibrant and interactive local history hub, bringing together archive, heritage and registration services at a central location near Durham City. Can you help us by giving your views on what you would like to see and do at the centre? To learn more and take part in the consultation, please visit the website.

Aimed at telling the story of County Durham's past through historic records, photographs and objects, Durham History Centre will provide a secure future for the more than five miles of county archives, charting almost 900 years of history, which are currently located in County Hall. It will also provide a home for historic registration records, environmental and archaeological records, and local studies collections. And, for the first time since 1998, all items from the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) collection, currently housed at Sevenhills in Spennymoor, and the DLI archives, which are currently cared for by Durham County Record Office, will be brought together under one roof.

The project will also see the relocation from Aykley Heads of Durham Register Office, offering enhanced facilities for weddings and civil ceremonies making the most of the historic setting and the surroundings of the manor house.

We are keen to gain the views of students and local people and have launched an online consultation to encourage people to share ideas and help shape the centre's exhibitions and events programme.

We would also like to have more in-depth conversations with you. If you would like to take part in an online focus group to discuss our plans, please email with the subject line: Discussion. Your contributions could help us to raise money and design a centre that the people of County Durham can be proud of.