Records of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland

Scope and Content

The records consist of minute books, subscriptions and account books, rules and programmes, 1897-1989. Apart from some records for 1895-1896 among the Booth & Lazenby Papers deposited here at Durham, no earlier records are known to survive.

Administrative / Biographical History

The society was founded in 1861, to promote the study of Architecture and Archaeology, to preserve Architectural and other ancient remains, and to improve, as far as may be, the character of ecclesiastical and other edifices to be erected in the future. In its early years it sometimes used the name Durham and Northumberland Archaeological Society as an alternative form, but the longer name has been the society's formal name since its foundation. It is still in very active existence.


Arranged by type of document, and then in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Society in 1991.

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue, available at online catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Deposits of more recent material continue to be made.

Related Material

Booth & Lazenby Papers


The society has for most of its existence produced a periodical - Transactions of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (old series, 1-11 [1862-1965], and new series, 1-6 [1968-1982]), subsequently Durham Archaeological Journal (1984-).