THE lives of the lead miners who shaped the history of County Durham will come under the spotlight next week.

Bill Trenbirth, who works at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, will present a talk about the county's lead miners at Clayport library in Durham City on Saturday, November 27.

"The talk will be of interest to people who are researching their family tree and have found they are a descendent of a lead miner," he said.

"I will be talking about their work, how they lived, their religion and education and will try to put the flesh on the bones that people find in census material."

Tickets for the talk, which starts at 2pm, will cost £2 and are available from the Clayport library by telephoning 0191-386 4003.