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Events: November 2019

Third Thursday Talk: 'Wonders of the River Wear' - meticulously mapped in 1819, on fire in 1845
by Gill Parkes, archivist
Thursday 21 November 2019, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£0.00

This talk will focus on two very different but fascinating aspects of the River Wear's history in the late Georgian and early Victorian period.

We will start by celebrating the 200th anniversary of seven stunning River Wear maps produced by the surveyor Francis Giles (1787-1847), working under the direction of famous civil engineer John Rennie. Find out why the maps were made, admire the colours and cartographic detail, and discover why they have been forgotten for so long.

Then hear about a natural phenomenon that drew huge crowds to Durham's Framwellgate Bridge each evening in the summer of 1845.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day).

Advance booking essential.

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Branching Out: What else is in the Archives? Our Miscellaneous Collections

Thursday 28 November 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

With over five miles of shelving and new deposits coming every day, it's hardly surprising that some of our collections don't fit into established categories.

This talk explores the often overlooked world of our miscellaneous collections, including a collection by a local journalist about munitions workers in Aycliffe during the Second World War; a 1767 wages bill from Andrew's House Colliery and a collection of records from the Wood family of Metal Bridge.


Branching Out: What else is in the Archives? Our Miscellaneous Collections

Thursday 28 November 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

With over five miles of shelving and new deposits coming every day, it's hardly surprising that some of our collections don't fit into established categories.

This talk explores the often overlooked world of our miscellaneous collections, including a collection by a local journalist about munitions workers in Aycliffe during the Second World War; a 1767 wages bill from Andrew's House Colliery and a collection of records from the Wood family of Metal Bridge.

Events: December 2019

Third Thursday Talk: 'Wonders of the River Wear' - meticulously mapped in 1819, on fire in 1845
by Gill Parkes, archivist
Thursday 5 December 2019, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£0.00

This talk will focus on two very different but fascinating aspects of the River Wear's history in the late Georgian and early Victorian period.

We will start by celebrating the 200th anniversary of seven stunning River Wear maps produced by the surveyor Francis Giles (1787-1847), working under the direction of famous civil engineer John Rennie. Find out why the maps were made, admire the colours and cartographic detail, and discover why they have been forgotten for so long.

Then hear about a natural phenomenon that drew huge crowds to Durham's Framwellgate Bridge each evening in the summer of 1845.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day).

Advance booking essential.


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