News, publications & forthcoming events

Bowburn Local History Society (LHS) organises various meetings, with speakers and presentations,  to which everyone is welcome. (Admission: £3.)

All take place at
Bowburn Community Centre
on the second Tuesday of the month
starting at 7pm.

The next two meetings are:

Tuesday 12th November – Mike Syer: "Who lived where in Bowburn? - Find your relatives in the 1911 Census, early electoral registers and other records".

In this informal session, Mike will invite those present to use records collected by Bowburn LHS, and other websites, to trace early residents of Bowburn.

Tuesday 10th December – Chris Lloyd: "Attacking the Devil and Sinking the Unsinkable: W.T. Stead and the Titanic".

Noted local historian Chris Lloyd, Chief Features Writer at The Northern Echo, will talk about W.T. Stead, the Echo’s most famous editor, who was also the most famous British person to drown on the Titanic, on 15th April 1912. Apart from that historic disaster, the tale will cover Britain's greatest mass murderess, getting beaten up by a ghost and Stead's role in the introduction of the world's first child protection laws.

Our latest book, “Early Years of a Pit Village”, is now on sale.
Its 394 pages list events in, or affecting, the village of Bowburn up to and including the year 1930.

Copies of the book will be available, priced £5, from the History & Heritage Room in Bowburn Community Centre any Wednesday (except Boxing Day), 1-3pm, or please e-mail to arrange another time.

Copies can be ordered by leaving a message at the Community Centre or by e-mail.
Please add £3 for post & package, if books cannot be collected.
Cheques should be made payable to “Bowburn Local History Society”.

We are grateful to Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership and to the 
Co-operative Community Fund for funding this publication. 
Without that, it would not have been possible to publish this book at this low price.

(The sources of information included in “Early Years…” are not included in the book itself, to save space.
They can be found, however, elsewhere on this website: “Early Years…” sources.)

Guided Walks
Bowburn LHS has presented a number of local guided walks, 
as part of the County Council’s Countryside Service regular programme.

History & Heritage Room
Bowburn LHS's room in Bowburn Community Centre is open to non-members
every Wednesday afternoon, 1pm-3pm, and by appointment.
(Please e-mail to meet there at other times.)
We welcome visitors – whether with enquiries about the history of the village and, perhaps, their families, or with photographs, correspondence or other records or memorabilia that they would like to share.

Latest additions to this website include
Transcriptions of local entries in the National Register 1939
This listed every resident in the UK, with addresses, dates of birth and occupations, on 29th September 1939.