Most of the Universe is made of non-luminous material, dark matter and dark energy. There is race in the world to identify new particles that might account for the dark matter component. I'll go though some of the history and arguments that lead us to think that particles often called Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) might be the answer and how we might find them by direct observation in the laboratory. Exciting new experiments are producing results and new ones starting to run now. The UK has a long history of involvement, including some of the first experiments, performed in the Boulby deep underground laboratory not far from Durham. Currently new concepts are being developed there to build a global multi-site experiment that can look for the direction of WIMPs in the galaxy and possibly search for neutrinos from the Sun using coherent scattering in the same experiment. I'll review these concepts and prospects for the future.