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Events: September 2022

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'Marvellous Diggers - the 1st Battalion DLI in Korea, 1952 to 1953'


by Steve Shannon, military researcher
Thursday 15 September 2022, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

Soldiers of 1DLI in Korea, 1952-1953 (D/DLI 7/1277/8)

Seventy years ago, on 7 September 1952, the soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) landed in Korea to serve with the Commonwealth Division and soon found themselves living and fighting in trenches and dug-outs as their grandfathers had done on the Western Front during the First World War.

Most of these soldiers were young National Servicemen, called-up to serve two years in the Army, though many of their officers and sergeants were veterans of the Second World War.

This illustrated talk will explore the experiences of these soldiers during the Korean War, through photographs, documents and newspapers held by Durham County Record Office; key objects from the DLI Collection; and the memories of DLI veterans, who were interviewed in the 1990s for the Imperial War Museum.

This free event is hosted on Zoom (donations welcome, by optional payment link).
Advance booking essential.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join the event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Catholic Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 22 September 2022, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

All Saints Catholic church, Lanchester, early 20th century (D/CL 5/1419)

The North East has always had a strong Catholic tradition, but after Henry VIII created the Church of England in 1534, life became very difficult for anyone who refused to conform to the new denomination. For centuries, Catholics were treated as second class citizens, forced to worship in secret, they risked losing their property and even their lives if they were discovered. Yet, the tradition remained strong.

This talk looks at what it was like to be a Roman Catholic as well as at what records survive and where to find them.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Catholic Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 22 September 2022, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

All Saints Catholic church, Lanchester, early 20th century (D/CL 5/1419)

The North East has always had a strong Catholic tradition, but after Henry VIII created the Church of England in 1534, life became very difficult for anyone who refused to conform to the new denomination. For centuries, Catholics were treated as second class citizens, forced to worship in secret, they risked losing their property and even their lives if they were discovered. Yet, the tradition remained strong.

This talk looks at what it was like to be a Roman Catholic as well as at what records survive and where to find them.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.

Events: October 2022

ONLINE Branching Out: Scottish Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 13 October 2022, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Scots soldiers at a training camp shared with the 1st Cadet Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Scarborough 1932 (D/DLI 2/3

Being relatively close to the Scottish border, it is only natural that many Durham families have Scottish roots. Yet researching Scottish ancestors can be challenging as the records, though similar, differ in unexpected ways. The Scottish legal system and even naming traditions also vary, which can create confusion.

This talk takes a broad overview of family history in Scotland, exploring these differences and offering explanations and advice on tracing ancestors there.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Scottish Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 13 October 2022, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Scots soldiers at a training camp shared with the 1st Cadet Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Scarborough 1932 (D/DLI 2/3

Being relatively close to the Scottish border, it is only natural that many Durham families have Scottish roots. Yet researching Scottish ancestors can be challenging as the records, though similar, differ in unexpected ways. The Scottish legal system and even naming traditions also vary, which can create confusion.

This talk takes a broad overview of family history in Scotland, exploring these differences and offering explanations and advice on tracing ancestors there.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.

Events: November 2022

ONLINE Branching Out: Methodist Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 10 November 2022, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Shildon Primitive Methodist chapel, c.1890 (D/Ph 179/6)

Methodism grew from its 18th century roots as travelling preachers spread the word to all corners of the country and the people of County Durham were very receptive. By the end of the 19th century, Methodist chapels had sprung up in many towns and villages. Given this popularity, many of us have Methodist ancestors, but they can be hard to trace. The records are not as straightforward or easy to find as those for the Church of England, but they do exist and can be immensely useful.

This talk will help you get started in finding and using them.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Methodist Ancestors


by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 10 November 2022, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Shildon Primitive Methodist chapel, c.1890 (D/Ph 179/6)

Methodism grew from its 18th century roots as travelling preachers spread the word to all corners of the country and the people of County Durham were very receptive. By the end of the 19th century, Methodist chapels had sprung up in many towns and villages. Given this popularity, many of us have Methodist ancestors, but they can be hard to trace. The records are not as straightforward or easy to find as those for the Church of England, but they do exist and can be immensely useful.

This talk will help you get started in finding and using them.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'Margaret Farrington - a tale of sociability and sanity in Georgian Britain'


by Richard Pears, architectural historian
Thursday 17 November 2022, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

Margaret Farrington's London residence

Margaret Farrington (1725-98), born in Newcastle to a respected Anglican clergyman and his wife, enjoyed the polite entertainments and socialising of Georgian London. This was cut short by her diagnosis of lunacy in 1765 and she returned to the North East to be cared for by her extended family until her death at Lamesley, near Gateshead in 1798.

Her life has been reconstructed entirely from archive sources, including an inventory of her possessions which draws a picture of her life in a well-appointed residence near Oxford Street, and discovering the familial ties that rescued her from the horrors of what passed for mental health treatments in public asylums and private madhouses.

This free event is hosted on Zoom (donations welcome, by optional payment link).
Advance booking essential.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join the event online.