Our guide to what’s on in Darlington and the surrounding area, particularly focusing on events with a local history or heritage theme.

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7.30 pm
Oswald, King of the North – a talk by Max Adams to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 19 October, 7.30 pm
Developments at Auckland Castle – a talk by Lee Brownson of Auckland Castle Trust to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 7.30 pm
18th Battalion DLI “The Durham Pals” – a talk by Alastair Fraser, Assistant Librarian Durham University to Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall. Non-members welcome.

Monday 13 November 2017, 7.30 pm
A Taste of Cornwall – a talk by Keith Holmes to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 7.30 pm
The World War 1 Memorial, Eastbourne, Darlington – a talk by Anthony Magrysto the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 16 November, 7.30 pm
Gertrude Bell – Uncrowed Queen of Iraq – a talk by Gordon Hetherington to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Monday 4 December 2017, 7.30 pm
Bridge over Treasured Water – a talk by River Wear underwater archeologist Gary Bankhead to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 20 December 2017, 7.30 pm
The Langworthy Mystery – a talk by Tony Nicholson to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Monday 8 January 2018, 7.30 pm
Kynren – a talk by Stefa McManners to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Saturday 13 January 2018, 8.49 pm
Anniversary of the crash in 1945 in which Pilot Officer William S. McMullen of the Royal Canadian Air Force was killed. He stayed at the controls of his burning Lancaster Bomber until the six members of his crew had parachuted to safety and the aircraft was clear of the densely populated area of Darlington. For more information see “A time and a place”. A small act of remembrance is held each year on 13 January at 8.49 pm at the crash site on the corner of McMullen Road and Allington Way at which all are welcome.

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7.30 pm
North East Film History – a talk by Tony Hillmanto the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 18 January, 7.30 pm
St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington – Coming to the Rescue – a talk by Paul Gilmore to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Monday 12 February 2018, 7.30 pm
The Greedy Queen – a talk on Queen Victoria by Annie Gray to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 15 February, 7.30 pm
Darlington library 125. Its part in Peases’ downfall – a talk by Chris Lloyd to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7.30 pm
From rainwater Tubs To Taps: A history of Tees Cottage Pumping Station – a talk by George Beautyman to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Monday 12 March 2018, 7.30 pm
Why and How We Live Longer – a talk by Tom Kirkwood to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 15 March, 7.30 pm
From nursing to the archeology of disease – a life caring for the living and the dead – a talk by Professor Charlotte Roberts to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 7.30 pm
Medieval Towns and Villages in Tees Valley – a talk by Robin Daniels of Tees Archaeology to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 7.30 pm
North Road Head of Steam Museum – a talk by Sam Woods to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 19 April, 7.30 pm
The Victorian miner’s wife – a talk by Margaret Hedley to Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.