Durham Museum has curated an exhibition to mark the Trust’s 80th anniversary. The display covers the history of the Trust and its notable achievements. Thanks goes to Adrian Green (Trustee of the City of Durham Trust and Trustee of the Bow Trust), Daniel Burrell (a Durham University PhD student), and other Museum volunteers for their work in setting up this display. The exhibition was launched on the evening of Friday 17 June.
The title of the exhibition is “How Historic Durham Survived the 20th Century – Celebrating the Work of the City of Durham Trust”. The exhibition shows how the City of Durham Trust began as the Preservation Society in 1942 to oppose plans to demolish and redevelop much of the historic City. The exhibition includes a plaster model of Thomas Sharp’s ‘Plan for Durham’ (1945), indicating the scale of rebuilding envisaged. The City of Durham Trust not only promoted the preservation of buildings, but also the protection of green spaces in and around the City, as the exhibition explains.