County Durham residents looking to delve into the past can take part in a number of online sessions as part of Local History Month.
Durham County Council’s Durham County Record Office is running the events to raise awareness of local history and to promote the archive service and its varied collections.
As part of its Branching Out programme, the record office is hosting a Local History Month special for family historians with experience of searching the archives.
The session will show people how to locate and use local history sources, such as maps and trade directories, which are not often used for family history but can shed light on past generations and the world they inhabited.
The online event takes place on Thursday 13 May, with a choice of morning (10am to 11am) or evening (6pm to 7pm) sessions, with tickets costing £5.
Meanwhile, as part of the record office’s popular Third Thursday Talk series, there will also be a session on the value of diaries for local history.
Led by archivist Victoria Oxberry, ‘What can I tell you’ will look at the idea of diary-writing and why people do it. Participants will be able to look at examples from the record office’s collections and hear why it is important that they are collected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The free online talk takes place on Thursday, 20 May, from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Online booking is essential for each of the events. To book a place, visit the record office online shop at https://recordofficeshop.durham.gov.uk/pgEventResult