Previous Talks 2016

26 November 2016 2:30pm - Leo Gooch: The Elizabethan Lord Lumley: Conspirator and Connoisseur at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City.

29 October 2:30pm - Tim Griffiths: Waggonways and Other Industry: Visitors to Tyneside, 1600 - 1850 at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Tim Griffith’s talk is based on his book A Place Quite Northward, Visitors to Northumberland 1500-1850. In this Tim looks at the experiences of a wide range of travellers - lawyers, surveyors, industrial and political spies, actors, sportsmen, preachers, agricultural and penal reformers and antiquarians. His talk covers descriptions of industry from people visiting Tyneside and the north of County Durham.

17 September 2:30pm - Philip Dyer : Children of the Pit Villages at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City.
Based on his article published in the Society’s Journal in 2014, Philip Dyer will talk about the life led by children in some of County Durham’s colliery villages in the nineteenth century. Such villages often sprang up on a green field site round a newly opened coal mine with children as young as six or seven put to work underground. As defined by the 1842 Children’s Employment Commission report, working conditions were often terrible and Philip looks at how matters improved as the century progressed.

16 July at 2.30 pm - Dr Charlie Rozier : The Cult of St Cuthbert and the Story of Durham 995-1130 AD at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Dr Charlie Rozier, who is the Arts and Humanities Cultural Engagement Fellow in the Department of History at Durham University, will use his talk to introduce the life and works of Symeon of Durham, a Norman monk. Symeon rewrote the history of St Cuthbert’s life and cult in his History of the Durham Church, which he completed in 1115. Symeon wove written and oral traditions from the Anglo-Saxon past into a new story which was more relevant to an Anglo-Norman present. Using images of manuscripts written by Symeon and artefacts which guided his views on the past, Charlie Rozier aims to explain our own views of St Cuthbert’s cult and its place in Durham’s history and engage with the narrative to be presented in the forthcoming Open Treasures exhibition, which is hosted in Durham Cathedral from 23 July onwards.

25 June at 1.15 pm - The David Reid Memorial Lecture - Alan Heesom : Buddle and Londonderry : An Unlikely Partnership? in the Council Chamber, County Hall, DH1 5UL. The lecture will be given by Alan Heesom, a long standing member of the Society and a former Editor of our Journal. Alan is now retired from the History Department at the University of Durham and is an Honorary General Editor for the Surtees Society, including Volume 217, Letters of John Buddle and Lord Londonderry 1820-1843, edited by the late Anne Ord. Alan has studied the Londonderry Papers held at Durham County Archives for over 40 years.

14th May at 2.30pm - Catherine Wright : The Annandale Family - 100 years of papermaking at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Although papermaking is something of a forgotten industry there were once numerous paper mills in County Durham. These operated with varying degrees of success from some point in the 1670s, when paper was first made at Croxdale Mill, until the 1980s. The firm of John Annandale & Sons was one of the more successful papermaking businesses of the nineteenth century, with paper mills at Shotley Grove and Lintzford. The discovery that her husband is a direct descendant of John Annandale prompted Catherine Wright to investigate. Catherine’s talk will cover what happened to the Durham branch of the Annandale family, and to the business, in those 100 years. It will include a short general account of papermaking, and make brief reference to other County Durham mills.

9th April at 2.30pm - Marian Morrison : Colliery Health Care in 19th century North Durham at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Marian Morrison of Lanchester Local History Society has won a 2016 British Association for Local History Publications Award for her short article on this subject in DCLHS Journal 79. In her talk she will look at progress in providing health care in North Durham colliery communities and the evidence of that contained in the 1842 Report of the Children’s Employment Commission.

12th March 2016 at 2.30pm - David Butler - Magnificence and Immensity even in Death – the death and funeral of George Bowes at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. David Butler, a well-known historical researcher and speaker, was formerly Durham County Archivist. David has been researching George Bowes for a number of years using letters in the Strathmore Papers held in Durham County Record Office. George Bowes (1701-60), an ancestor of the late Queen Mother, was one of County Durham’s first coal magnates as well as a local politician. Bowes was the crucial figure in the development of the landscape at Gibside. On his death in September 1760, he was first buried at Whickham parish church and then reburied in the chapel crypt at Gibside in 1813. This talk tells the story of George Bowes' death and two burials. Gibside Chapel can be viewed on a visit to the National Trust run estate but the crypt is only open on Heritage Open Days.

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