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Centre fo Local Studies

Heritage Trail Heritage Trail

The Darlington Heritage Trail

is available here

You will need the map too!

Don't forget to come in to the Centre for Local Studies in Crown Street Library to see our displays, database of photographs of the town and much more!

Enjoy the trail!

Online catalogue now available Online catalogue now available

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.

Item request form Item request form

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.



Starting family history? Starting family history?

 Are you interested in starting to trace your family tree?

Click here for our top tips!

Group visits Group visits

 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 or telephone 01325-349630   

Local and family history introduction Local and family history introduction

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.

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Some photographs from our Local Studies collection Some photographs from our Local Studies collection


Click on the images above to view some of our collections on Flickr™

Not found what you are looking for?

Our Local Studies collection has over 40,000 images

of Darlington and surrounding areas.

Call into the Library to see other photographs.

Darlington Remembers Darlington Remembers
Rememorial WW1 Rememorial WW1

What did the end of World War One mean for local people? What does it mean today?

You are invited to a Rememorial WWI roadshow to share stories, memorabilia and artefacts that have a relationship to the aftermath of WWI in the Tees Valley. Rememorial WWI is a project which explores how people in the area recovered from the war and what challenges they faced. Join us on Friday 16th November at Darlington Library, Centre for Local Studies any time between 11.30am – 3pm, (short talk at 12noon), to learn more about the project and to have your family stories and mementos included. No booking required, free, drop in event.


Rememorial WWI: Narratives of Peace in the Tees Valley

Have you got any family heirlooms or mementoes relating to the First World War? If so, a new project looking at how people in the Tees Valley recovered from the war wants to hear from you! Rememorial WWI, a Teesside University project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, will be holding a series of public roadshow events across the area in November and December, where people are encouraged to come along with their treasures to hear about the project, learn about the challenges local people faced after the war and also to have the chance to have their prized possessions featured in a major exhibition in the summer of 2019.

Historian and co-project leader Dr Ben Roberts said: “the idea is to bring people together not only to explore what happened as our area recovered from World War One but also to discuss what its legacy means to us today. We want as many people as possible, from across the Tees Valley, to be involved in retelling these stories, through their family heirlooms.” The Darlington public roadshow will take place at the Darlington Centre for Local Studies, Darlington Library, on Friday 16th November, with other roadshow events being held in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton. For more information, contact the project team via email at


Thank you! Thank you!

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.



Other North East Library Collections Other North East Library Collections

Need information about other areas? Find links to other local history collections of Public Libraries and Archives in the North East of England;


Research Service Research Service

Are you interested in tracing your family history but are short of time or find it difficult to visit Darlington Centre for Local Studies?

Our Research Service may be able to help you.

For more information click here

For charges and application form click here

Current displays & events Current displays & events

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


WW1 Remembered WW1 Remembered

 A Poppy for a Soldier

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 2016 and are on display again now for the final time.


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 .  



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