Down Our Street

Exploring the stories behind street names in Durham.

From January to June 2013, a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils from Durham Gilesgate Primary School took part in a series of afterschool workshops to develop their heritage skills and to explore creatively the stories behind street names in the Gilesgate area. We worked closely with the DLI Museum and also interviewed members of the local community. The children then used drama, art, filmmaking and creative writing to design a special exhibition which ran for 6 weeks at Durham Art Gallery.


“Down Our Street has been the best afterschool club I have ever been to!”

“Down Our Street was great and if I could do it again I would.”

“A fantastic project which made learning fun. Brilliant opportunities for engaging children in local history.”

—Sheena Matthews, class teacher at Durham Gilesgate Primary School

“Absolutely fabulous every school should have John and Christina (Off The Page Drama) helping them explore local history!!”

— Exhibition Visitor


Down Our Street was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories programme.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund


Find out more about the exciting discoveries made in Down Our Street.

To receive a Down Our Street Learning Pack for your school, contact us.

The Down Our Street film

Down Our Street

Discovering the stories behind our street names