Talks

Non-members are welcome and tea/coffee will be available to buy at the Theatre bar.

Saturday 20 May 2017 2:30pm - Dr. Stephen D. Shannon: Irish Nationalists in County Durham, 1860 - 1930: An Overview at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. For over 60 years, from the 1860s to the 1920s, Irish migrants in County Durham, and their children and grandchildren, were urged by Irish nationalist leaders to join political organisations that had as their aim an independent Ireland. Some, such as the United Irish League of Great Britain, sought this through peaceful, constitutional means, but others, most notably the Irish Republican Brotherhood, were prepared to fight for an Irish Republic. Once Irish nationalist leagues and associations met in village pubs and local halls across County Durham from Consett to Trimdon and from Jarrow to Bishop Auckland. For over a decade before the First World War, Irish nationalists held an annual gala in Wharton Park to demand Home Rule; whilst Catholic churches across the diocese said masses for the repose of the souls of Fenian dead. Steve Shannon’s talk will explore this almost forgotten element of the history of County Durham and of the history of many of the people living in County Durham today.

AGM Saturday 24 June 2017 11:00am The Society’s 53rd AGM will be held at County Hall, Durham. A buffet lunch will be available. Details to follow. The David Reid Memorial Lecture will follow starting at 1.15 pm. This year’s lecture will be The Rites of Durham in context by Dr Margaret Harvey.

Saturday 9th September 2017 2:30pm - Gill Parkes: Durham at War - 1917/18 at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City.

Saturday 7th October 2017 2:30pm - Kathleen Reynolds: ILL News: Gentry Health in the Eighteenth Century North at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City.

Saturday 11th November 2017 2:30pm - David Butler: The Turnpike Roads of County Durham at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City.

Previous Talks

Talks Venue: The City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City. Durham Dramatic Society bought this building at the bottom of the Indoor Market in 1950 as club rooms in which to rehearse and converted it into a theatre, seating 70, in 1986.

Access to the theatre on foot is via Walkergate (steps from the Market Place or Claypath) or via steps from Silver Street (next to Cottons). Parking is available in Freeman’s Place or in the multi storey Walkergate and Prince Bishops’ car parks.

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