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To see what's on in Local Studies, please visit the Events Page

Local Studies catalogue Local Studies catalogue

Local Studies books and pamphlets have now been added to the online library catalogue, click onto the Catalogue link above.

Following 3 years of hard work by staff and volunteers the main card catalogue for Local Studies is available online.However if you are looking for photographs, maps, newspaper indexing or family history resources please ask staff to help you use the card catalogues when you visit.

From the collection From the collection

Thread Mill and Dam, Darlington by S. Fothergill


If you like this painting call in to the Centre for Local Studies to see other framed paintings and images on display around the walls.

From the collection From the collection

Post House Wynd, Darlington by H.S. (attributed to)


We have no information about this artist. If you have further details, please contact us.

If you find this painting interesting why not call in to the Centre for Local Studies and see the other framed items on display around the walls.

Discover more of our collection Discover more of our collection

 On this page we will feature some of our most useful and interesting items of stock.

Some items you will be familiar with, others we hope to introduce you to!

May book of the month May book of the month

The Darlington Illustrated Year Book for the Municipal Year, 1903

This was the first and possibly only (Let us know if you have come across later editions) of the Darlington year book, a slim volume with details of Committees, Magistrates, postal information, lists of public buildings, offices, and lists of trades unions. There are tram timetables for North Road and Cockerton, a list of places of divine worship and more unusually the National Telephone Company Limited - a list of Darlington Subscribers with names addresses and their telephone numbers, surely one the first telephone directories for the town.

Every left hand page of the book has adverts for Darlington shops and businesses, so it complements the Local Studies May display. The adverts have information about the company, photographs or drawings of the stock for sale sometimes with prices, or even one or two have photographs of the shop front with proud staff outside. Adverts are always interesting, whether they help with your research or just provide  amusement and fascination at the goods on sale. Come into the Centre for Local Studies to see it and the Darlington Shops and Shopping display of photographs and related items  3rd - 31st May.

May painting of the month May painting of the month

Brigham's Bookshop, Coniscliffe Road 

by S. Clark

 see the original painting in the Centre for Local Studies during May

Previous book of the month Previous book of the month


The Public Catalogue Foundation

Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in County Durham


Published in 2008 this is one of a series of publications covering the whole of the United Kingdom with the intention of creating a record of all of the oil, tempera and acrylic paintings in public ownership.

The County Durham volume includes paintings held here in the Centre for Local Studies and in the Darlington Borough Art Collection, as well as those at Beamish, the Bowes Museum and other locations in County Durham. It provides a wonderful quick reference guide to items held in Darlington and further afield.

Any catalogue has its limitations and of course paintings have been added to the Local Studies collection since this date and therefore do not appear in the catalogue. Sadly the many watercolours and works in other media do not appear either.

Amongst the oils in the Library collection are three portraits of unknown women. If you think you might know who any of them are please do let us know.

Several other volumes of the Public Catalogue Foundation covering other parts of the UK are available in the Reference Library or you can search the full catalogue online at

Find previous books of the month here Find previous books of the month here

You might enjoy exploring previous books of the month. You can do this below. Just select a title you would like to find out more about and click on the link.

Remember you can come in to the Centre for Local Studies anytime to see the original book. Just call in and ask the staff. They will find the book for you.

If you have used a book in Local Studies which you have found useful or interesting and you think should be featured here, do let us know.

Enjoy finding out more!



Henry Pease - A Short Story of His Life by Mary Pease    Explore here


Memories of North Road Locomotive Works   Explore here 



Biographical and historical notes on bygone Darlington by W.J. Mountford  Explore here








The History of the Polam Christmas Tree  Explore here






Durham at the Opening of the Twentieth Century and Durham Contemporary Biographies  Explore here


A North Country Album by George A. Fothergill  Explore here

Kelly's Directories Explore here             

Religion, Business and Society by Anne Orde     Explore here                               

Dodds' Darlington Annual for 1917     Explore here             


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