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Bowburn Local History Society


Times of Group

A member of Bowburn LHS can always be found in Bowburn Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons. However it at present has no regular meeting times or dates. When open meetings are arranged, with speakers and presentations, these are usually held on a Thursday evening, also in Bowburn Community Centre.


Occasional outings and guided walks are organised, details of which are published on the group’s website and in the Community Centre.


The group’s History & Heritage Room, in Bowburn Community Centre, is currently open every Wednesday afternoon, from 1.30 till 4.00pm. Other times can easily be arranged by appointment.


About Group

Bowburn LHS was founded in 2000. It was originally called Cassop-cum-Quarrington Local History Society but later changed its name and area of interest, after other excellent local history groups were formed in nearby villages.


In 2005, Bowburn LHS helped form the Bowburn Banner Group, which soon afterwards became an independent charity. The two groups continue to work closely together on various projects.


Thanks to funding from Awards for All, and to the help of Bowburn Community Association, a dedicated History and Heritage Room has been established in Bowburn Community Centre. Vital to the success of this Room have been numerous donations received. These have been from various sources but a debt of gratitude is due, in particular, to Jim Milburn, a native and great friend of the village, for his generosity.


Initially, the Room allocated was tucked away behind the stage. However a new one was created near the front of the building, when the Centre underwent extensive refurbishment in 2013. After storage problems were resolved, this has been open to the public on a regular basis since June 2015.


The group welcomes new members. An annual subsription of £15 (£10 for those in full-time eduction) entitles members to free attendance at open meetings and additional privileges in the History & Heritage Room.


The Room’s resources are still being developed. Additional gifts or loans of books, photographs, documents and memorabilia are always welcome. (Photographs and documents can be quickly copied and returned. Copyright remains with the donor unless specified.)




Contact Details

Anyone interested in joining or supporting the Bowburn Local History Society should contact:

• the Secretary, Malcolm Bell, at 5, Dallymore Drive, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5ES (tel.: 0191-377-1391; e-mail:, or

• the Chairman, Mike Syer, at 8, Clarence Street, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5BB (tel.: 0191-377-1491; e-mail:


Messages can also be e-mailed to <>, or sent via the group’s website, or delivered to Bowburn Community Centre.