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Durham University

Libraries and Special Collections in County Durham

Durham County Record Office

Durham County Record Office is the official record office for County Durham and Darlington. The extensive archive collections span almost 900 years, from about 1122 to the present day, and occupy four miles (6.5km) of shelving. 

The Record Office facilitates research across a vast range of disciplines, including industry and engineering, social history, theology and religion, legal studies, business and economics, military history and estate management. 

The principal collections include the County Council records, public records, parish church records, non-conformist records for the modern county, the Durham Light Infantry records and the family estate records. 


Anyone can access the County Record Office archives. There is no charge, but please make an appointment beforehand as space is limited.

Copies of documents can be made if they are in a suitable physical condition. Large and/or fragile documents can also be copied using a special overhead digital camera. 

Please note, there is a charge for the copying service.

Opening times

Monday, 08.45 - 16.45
Tuesday, 08.45 - 16.45 
Wednesday, 08.45 - 20.00 

The Record Office is closed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays, including two weeks at Christmas.

Contact the Durham County Record Office

Record Office

Durham County Record Office
County Hall
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)3000 267 619