Public invited to peek into Peterlee’s past

Mar 12, 2020 | Local News

The powerful past and the distinct present of a County Durham structure will be the focus of a special talk, open to the public.

Durham County Record Office will host its Third Thursday Talk titled, In Search of the Future – The Peterlee Archives, on Thursday 19 March from 6.30pm to 8pm.

This session will see community arts officer Colin Robson from Durham County Council open up Peterlee’s past.

Colin holds a special fascination for the Apollo Pavilion, and has used the archives at County Hall to learn more about the structure for professional and personal interest.

Colin said: “Peterlee was built as a New Town, so its origins belong to a very specific moment in post-war reconstruction. It represented an aspirational idea of the future, rooted in a particular set of ideas about community and place.

“My first encounter with Peterlee some 15 years ago involved a visit to the Apollo Pavilion, a large Brutalist-style sculpture sat at the centre of Sunny Blunts housing estate.

“In the process of planning a series of arts projects with the community in Peterlee, Durham County Record Office has provided an invaluable resource of information and inspiration. I’ve found that looking into the past offers ways of seeing other future possibilities.”