A new home for County Durham’s historic collections

A new home for County Durham’s historic collections

Staff outside The Story, a new history centre in Durham.
Staff outside the new heritage centre. Photo: Durham County Council.

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Durham South
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County Durham
Durham County Council
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Mount Oswald, a Grade II listed manor house, has been transformed into a new visitor attraction that tells the story of County Durham through interactive exhibitions and activities.

The project has brought together five historic collections of ancient archives and archaeological finds to give a detailed record of County Durham's history over the last 900 years. 

A child looking at an old image on a digital screen in The Story exhibition
A young visitor engages with the digital exhibit at The Story.

The collections include notable items like the Bowes-Lyon and Londonderry family archives, as well as industrial plans relating to the coal, iron and steel industries and early locomotive development. It also provides a home for the Durham Light Infantry Collection.

Items from the collections will be on display in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces at the new history centre, named The Story, as well as being available to access online. 

New jobs were created as part of the project that continue to deliver a community activity programme to engage people through educational talks and tours, workshops and pop-up events.

The Story houses the County Registration Service, alongside the history centre.

For more information visit The Story website