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Archives Involved

Teachers... are you interested in using the local archive service to support your teaching practice?

All of the archives who took part in Primary Sources run an education service. Each has a dedicated officer who runs sessions and can assist you in the preparation of resources. Most archives can cater for all groups from early years to postgraduate level. On offer is a fascinating range of original and unique material about life in the past, from recent times back through hundreds of years, which can support your teaching of the creative curriculum.

For specific details about the education services provided, please visit the archives' homepages:

Berwick upon tweed office record

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office holds records for the borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed, (from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north to Ellingham in the south and across to the Cheviots).

These include the Berwick Borough Archives dating from the 16th century to the present; estate, family and business collections; quarter and petty sessions records; Poor Law records; shipping records; local newspapers and various family history resources including census returns, parish and non conformist records.

Visit Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office's web page

Education contact: Linda Bankier

Durham Council Archives

Durham County Record Office

Durham County Record Office collects and preserves documents relating to County Durham and Darlington. Our holdings include: records of Durham County Council and other councils in the area, quarter sessions, records of Church of England parishes in the Dioceses of Durham and Ripon and Non-conformist churches in the county, records of the National Coal Board and pre-nationalisation (pre-1947) colliery companies. We also hold some records of landed families and estates, solicitors, businesses and individuals based in the county.

Our website contains a full online catalogue and further information about the record office and our holdings.

Visit Durham County Record Office web page

Education contact: Dawn Layland

Northumberland Archives @ Woodhorn

Northumberland Archives @ Woodhorn

Northumberland Collections Service at Woodhorn collects and preserves artefacts, records and photographs relating to the history of Northumberland, the majority of which can be viewed in our public searchroom. We also provide a home for the reference collection of Local Studies books for Northumberland. Our online catalogue provides textual descriptions and digital images of many items within our collections.

Visit Northumberland Archives @ Woodhorn web page

Education contact: Sue Wood

Teesside Archives

Teesside Archives

Teesside Archives collects and preserves archive material from churches, official and private sources in the areas served by the councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees

Visit Teesside Archives web page

Education contacts: Michelle Mccarthy and Jacqui Bareham

Tyne & Wear Archives

Tyne & Wear Archives

Tyne and Wear Archives Service cares for the records of five districts - Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Newcastle. They are housed in specially equipped and converted accommodation in Blandford House (Discovery Museum). Together they present one of the largest resources for local, national and even international history in the country.

Visit Tyne & Wear Archives web page

Education contact: Peter Hepplewhite

Durham University Special Collections

Durham University Special Collections

The archives and special collections of Durham University Library are housed in a cluster of historic buildings at the heart of the ancient city of Durham. Included in its collections are over 70,000 books printed before 1850, over two hundred books dating from before 1500, medieval manuscripts and a wide range of archives and artefacts relating to local, national and international history.

Visit Durham University Special Collections web page

Education contact: Dr Sarah Price

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