The Den

Community outreach project – The Activity Den, Stanley

This year the History Society are launching a very exciting and brand new community project in collaboration with The Activity Den, (a consortium of community projects for children and young people) based in Tanfield Lea, Stanley, about 20 minutes north of Durham.

The Activity Den is based in a renovated late Victorian school which is where the History Society comes into things. The Activity Den have asked us to help research the history of the building in local county council archives, newspapers, and possibly also by speaking with local residents who attended the school before it closed down in the 1970s.

At the moment, very little is known about the school, and nor do there seem to be any photos of it around. In Michaelmas term, therefore, the Society is planning to lead a group of volunteers into local archives to see what there is to be found and start relaying this to project. In Epiphany term, we may start teaching and involving more the children who attend projects at the Den too. The aim at the moment is to be able to put together a small display on the history of the building in the Den.

If you would be interested in getting involved in this exciting project, look out for more information in the President’s talk to history freshers after the Department talk during freshers’ week, or email us through the contact page stating your interest.

For information, see the Den’s website and this video.

The first meeting to get involved in this project was on the 11 October in Elvet Riverside 142, 7pm – if you managed to miss the meeting but are interested in getting involved, then please use the contact form on this website.