Darlington Libraries – Local History Month

Throughout May, Darlington Libraries will host displays from the archives and events celebrating local history.

For more information and to book, call 01325 349630, visit the website www2.darlington.gov.uk (book via Eventbrite website), or go to Crown Street Library, Darlington DL1 1ND.

Displays from the archives

Elegance And Grandeur: Darlington’s Mansions And Villas
Date: Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 May
Time: Normal opening hours
Location: Crown Street
Cost: Free
A display of old photographs showing some of the Mansions and Villas of Darlington. Running alongside this can you complete the library’s quiz? Prize winner will be drawn by Chris Lloyd on Thursday 23 May.

Darlington At Work And Play
Date: Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 May
Time: Normal opening hours
Location: Cockerton
Cost: Free
A display of images from the Local Studies Collection of Darlington and its people from the 1880s to the 1960s. There are individual portraits, including the glamorous and short-lived Ruby Ray, workplaces, workforces, and many charming glimpses into how we spent our days off, be it the Railway’s Brass Band in 1913, playing with model yachts in 1938, or grander group get-togethers.

Wool Town
Date: Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 May
Time: Normal opening hours
Location: Crown Street
Cost: Free
Chance to view the fantastic knitted map of Darlington.

Events

  • All events are at Crown Street Library and must be booked in advance unless otherwise stated.

Rememorial World War 1 Workshop: Exploring Darlington’s Recovery From The First World War
Date: Thursday 9 May
Time: 2pm
Location: Centre for Local Studies
Cost: Free. Booking required
This workshop gives you the opportunity to consider the issues that local people faced as they recovered from the First World War. Focusing on the period between Armistice Day in November 1918 and Peace Day in July 1919, it considers several themes and will include talks by project co-leader Dr Ben Roberts of Teesside University and Kimberley Starkie of Teesside Archives. You will have the chance to examine evidence from the period and learn how you can get involved with the project.

Trace Lines – Darlington Bear, Print Workshops
Date: Saturday 11 May
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Location: Art Gallery
Cost: Free. Booking required
Make an original print exploring the heritage of Darlington’s nineteenth-century bear. This is an adult-only session, led by artist Adrian Moule, where you can create original prints and creatively explore Darlington’s heritage.
Time: noon – 3pm
Cost: Free
In this drop-in session, led by artist Adrian Moule, you can create original prints and creatively explore Darlington’s heritage. Open to all ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Pease Family’s Industrial Empire In The North East
Date: Tuesday 14 May
Time: 2.30pm
Location: Centre for Local Studies
Cost: £2. Booking required
A talk by Dr Dorothy Hamilton, a local historian who has been teaching local history courses in and around Durham since 1992. She has an MA in Local History from the University of Teesside and a PhD from the University of Durham.

A Talk On Story Collecting And Paper Cutting By Bethan Maddocks
Date: Saturday 18 May
Time: 1.30pm
Location: Art Gallery
Cost: Free. No booking required
Dover Art Prize winner Bethan Maddocks is an artist and story collector; her work explores social history and the stories of people and place. She makes large, interactive paper sculpture and works with communities to develop research on themes, join Bethan to discover more.

Dementia Action Coffee Afternoon
Date: Tuesday 21 May
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Art Gallery
Cost: Free. Booking required
Join this fundraising afternoon for the Alzheimer’s Society. Filled with coffee, chatter, jigsaws, adult colouring, displays from our Local Studies Department, and music.

Patons & Baldwins Open Days
Date: Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 May
Time:  Normal opening hours
Location: Centre for Local Studies
Cost: Free. No booking required
Visit the centre and browse the photograph albums, staff magazines, building plans and much more.

Patons & Baldwins: Wonder Factory
Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 2pm
Location: Art Gallery
Cost: £2. Booking required
Chris Lloyd is chief features writer at The Northern Echo and Darlington & Stockton Times, a former North-East Journalist of the Year, and author of eight books about the local history of the Darlington area. He will talk about the rise and fall of Patons & Baldwins’ Lingfield Point factory, which in its heyday in the 1950s was the largest factory in the British Empire and the largest producer of yarn in the world. It had a profound effect on the local economy with one in three local female school-leavers starting their working lives in the factory.