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

Saturday 24 June 2017, 10.00 amd to 4.00 pm
Freemasons Hall Open Day – the masonic hall in Archer Street, Darlington will be open to the public.

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 7.30 pm
Sherburn Hospital after the Reformation c1595 – a talk by Margaret Harvey to Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall. Non-members welcome.

Monday 4 September 2017, 7.30 pm
In and Under the Vatican – a talk by Joyce Hill to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 6 September 2017, 7.30 pm
Old Durham Garden – a talk by Martin Roberts to Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall. Non-members welcome.

Thursday 14 September, 7.30 pm
Middleton St George Local History Group at The Community Centre, Station Road. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 7.30 pm
Restoring the castle at Bishop Auckland – a talk by Lee Brownson of Auckland Castle Trust to the Darlington Historical Society at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate. Non-members welcome.

Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7.30 pm
Collecting Autographs – a talk by Tony Hillman to Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall. Non-members welcome.

Monday 9 October 2017, 7.30 pm
Charles II – a tlak by Martin Clayton to the Darlington Lecture Association at Carmel R.C. College. Non-members welcome.

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.

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.

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 to 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.

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.

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.

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.