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.
If you would like to request Local Studies items either in advance of your visit or when you come in, please use this form for guidance. The information staff require to locate the item you are interested in is marked with an asterix symbol *
Please click here for our form.
The Centre for Local Studies welcomes group visits during opening hours. Special interest groups or school and college visits are always welcome. Group visits can be tailored to suit the requirements of the group whether you wish to do some research into a particular topic or have a general look at the resources we hold in the department, we have something to suit everyone.
Teachers and pupils can be shown around all departments of the Library and can do research using old newspapers, maps, photographs, census returns and other resources.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01325-349630
The Centre for Local Studies has a large and wide ranging collection of material relating to the Borough of Darlington and surrounding areas.
The department aims to collect and preserve historical and contemporary material and make it available to anyone with an interest in local or family history. The resources (click the link on the left) include books, photographs, maps, posters and ephemera, which tell the story of the Borough of Darlington.
Quaker Women in 19th Century Darlington
Some of the most influential people in Darlington’s history have been Quakers. Many of them were wealthy industrialists, bankers, politicians or philanthropists. You may be familiar with the names of Edward and Joseph Pease or Jonathan Backhouse perhaps but much less well-known are the women from these families.
Quaker attitudes to women have always been relatively progressive. Quaker girls received an education and women could be ministers and speak in meetings. As well as being involved in local societies and charities many Quaker women took an active interest in the wider social and moral issues of the day, such as the campaign for the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage and prison reform.
Using photographs, books and other items from the Local Studies collection this small display focuses on some of the Quaker women who also left their mark on 19th century Darlington.
Whessoe Open Day
Thank you to everyone who came to our Whessoe Engineering Open Day and made it such a success!
We had 211 people visiting on the day enjoying the photographs & displays, sharing stories & meeting with former colleagues.
Thank you to those people who have written down some of their memories of working at Whessoe. We are still collecting memories - so if you took a form or want to jot down some notes for us it isn't too late.
Like many towns Darlington suffered a devastating loss during the First World War. Of the many Darlington men who enlisted more than 1,100 did not return. A project to commemorate the Darlington men who died in the war has taken place at Darlington Library’s Centre for Local Studies. Following an appeal, local crafters donated hundreds of knitted and crocheted poppies, and staff invited local people to visit the Centre to find out more about an individual soldier and label a poppy in his memory. These poppies were on display in 2015 and November 2016.
For the last twelve years historian Stephen Nicholson has been compiling a database of information about the Darlington men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Using resources in Darlington Library’s Local Studies Centre and the National Archives, Stephen has recorded the names, addresses and occupations of the men who died. Wherever possible Stephen has included a photograph of the man and an extract from the relevant battalion’s war diary written on the day of his death. Stephen’s research has been published by the Northern Echo and is available to search for free at www.thenortheastatwar.co.uk .