An aerial view of the Houghall campus in the 1940s

College Searches For Durham’s Former Agriculture Students

East Durham College are searching for former students of its Durham based, land based Houghall campus.

Ahead of the opening, later this year, of the new £12 million pound redevelopment of the Houghall campus, the college are starting to put together a history of the campus display.

The college already has a sizable archive of photos and articles related to the Houghall site, dating back to the official opening in 1938, but are looking for any former students or members of staff who may have further memorabilia or photographs of the site over the years.

The campus has had a number of names over the years, Durham County School of Agriculture, Durham Agricultural College, Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture and Houghall College before being merged with East Durham College in 1999.

The college’s marketing department has set up a Facebook group, Durham Agricultural College-Houghall - Past & Present, for anyone to join.

The marketing department will be posting archive photos in the group and are encouraging people to join and share their own photos and memories.

Alistair Cummins-Macleod, director of marketing at East Durham College, said: “The Houghall campus is going through an exciting period, with its first major redevelopment since it’s opening in 1938.

“And we want to celebrate the history of the campus, and get an insight as to what it was like to study at the site throughout the years.

“We are planning a display to go in the main building and are keen to hear from anyone who may have items we could display, such as old college uniforms or branded items for example.

“The Facebook group is now up and running and we can’t wait to see what you have to share, we have some great images to share as well from our archives, former students may even spot themselves in one or two of the images.”

You can find the group on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

If you would prefer, you can email any photos or information about the Houghall campus to marketing@eastdurham.ac.uk.