Head of Department: Mr S Wright
Teaching Staff: Mr S Macnair, Mr T Lehain
The History Department has a head start with Durham School pupils. They are absorbing history throughout the school day, and the ghosts of ODs haunt the lessons. Are they studying the wars against Scotland? King John Balliol attended the school. Are they looking at Queen Elizabeth's persecution of the Catholics? Step forward James Young, alias James Dingle OD. Are they researching slavery? Behold Granville Sharp OD, who helped secure the end of slave trading. Henry Hardinge, OD, fought with Wellington at Waterloo and became C in C of the British Army. Noel Hodgson is one of the war poets and fell on the first day of the Somme. History is truly all around them.
The History Department runs the Academic Society, which encourages research, presentations, visiting lecturers (such as John Lewis Stemple who spoke on his excellent WWI book “Six Weeks”) and debates.
The Department has strong links with Durham University, with seminars, visits and access to the Library.
Each year students pursue History at University, including Oxford, Durham and the Russell Group Universities.