Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery

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The museum tells the proud story of County Durham's own Regiment The Durham Light Infantry from 1758 to 1968, with particular emphasis on WW1 & WW2. The displays focus on the experience of war, using letter & diary extracts, plus the actual voices of DLI WW2 soldiers. Displays also look at life on the Durham Home Front during WW2.
For visitors interested in researching family members who served in the DLI, the Regiment's archive is housed at the Durham County Record Office - a few minutes walk from the museum.
Upstairs the Durham Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions and events from concerts and talks to practical workshops for children and adults. Contact us for a free colour events brochure.
Cafe, shop, free parking, attractive landscaped grounds. Fully accessible to all visitors, including those in wheelchairs.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

During school holidays and half-terms: 1030-1600 Tuesday to Sunday.
During school term-times: 1030-1600 Wednesday to Sunday.

We will also be open 1030am-1600 on all Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Adult £4.00
Adult Concession £3.00
Child (4 - 16 years) £2.00 (under 4 years free)
Family Pass (2 adults and up to 3 children) £10.50
Group bookings by arrangement.
Charge includes admission to both Museum and Art Gallery.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

The DLI Museum’s collection not only covers the history of The Durham Light Infantry from 1758 until 1968 but also the Durham Militia, Durham Volunteers & Durham Home Guard.
The collection includes uniforms (from full dress to battle dress); equipment; weapons (firearms & edged weapons, plus some ethnographic items from North Africa & New Zealand; medals (over 3,000 on show, including 8 original Victoria Crosses); badges; and other items ranging from a WW1 wooden grave cross to a WW2 Universal Carrier.
The extensive Regimental archive is now housed in Durham County Record Office. The catalogue, including scanned photographs, is available on-line on the CRO's website www.durham.gov.uk/recordoffice

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Durham Light Infantry
  • 68th Light Infantry
  • 106th Bombay Light Infantry
  • Durham Militia
  • Durham Volunteers
  • Durham Home Guard
  • Victoria Cross
  • John Murray VC
  • Roland Bradford VC
  • Richard Annand VC
  • Adam Wakenshaw VC
  • Jimmy Durham
  • Horatio Gordon Robley watercolours
  • Roger Fenton photographs
  • Crimean War
  • New Zealand War
  • Boer War
  • Durham Pals
  • Butte de Warlencourt 1916
  • Shot at Dawn
  • Primosole Bridge 1943
  • Kohima 1944
  • Korean War
  • Borneo 1966
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

  • 11 September 2015
  • 13 September 2015

This family friendly museum is set in charming grounds just outside Durham City Centre. The Durham Light Infantry Museum tells the story of one of the most famous county regiments in the British Army. More importantly, it tells the story of ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. Durham Art Gallery showcases a variety of temporary contemporary art exhibitions.
Join the DLI curator on Friday for a free guided tour behind the scenes and get hands-on with real DLI objects. Free admission also on Sunday 13 September.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/the-dli-museum-and-durham-art-gallery

A Doctor’s Experience on the Western Front

  • 19 September 2015

Dr. Charles Wilson, a young Medical Officer and his experiences right behind the Front Line at Ypres and the Somme.

In the Great War, Dr. Charles Wilson was a young Medical Officer on the Western Front and he has left us with a vivid description of the personalities and conditions he encountered there. He spent most of his time immediately behind the front lines in areas of great danger and saw action in Flanders, at Ypres and at the Somme, the latter being a particularly important turning point in his outlook on how men faced the ultimate test of courage. In his later career, Dr. Wilson was appointed Churchill's physician and was awarded the title of Lord Moran.

Our popular talks season returns in February 2015 with monthly talks on a variety of military subjects covering the First World War, local history and 19th century conflicts. All talks are on Saturdays and begin at 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets, priced £3.50 are available now from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266590.

Website

http://www.dlidurham.org.uk/Pages/MuseumEvents.aspx

The Woman Who Didn’t Exist

  • 17 October 2015

The astonishing but true story of Margaret Burns, an ordinary working class woman born in 1889, in Bowburn, County Durham. Much of her early life was spent in the Durham area and it was there she met and married a coal miner. Unfortunately her husband volunteered for Kitchener’s Army and was killed whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry, near Arras, in 1917.

This led to a dramatic turn of events in which Margaret was forced to make some truly shocking decisions, including becoming the woman who didn’t exist. This gripping tale is guaranteed to arouse a range of emotions and will confirm the adage that truth is definitely stranger than fiction.

Our popular talks season returns in February 2015 with monthly talks on a variety of military subjects covering the First World War, local history and 19th century conflicts. All talks are on Saturdays and begin at 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets, priced £3.50 are available now from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266590.

Website

http://www.dlidurham.org.uk/Pages/MuseumEvents.aspx

The Development of Tanks During the First World War

  • 14 November 2015

A talk by Stuart Wheeler on the design and development of tanks during World War One and the evolution of tank tactics from September 1916 – November 1918.

Our popular talks season returns in February 2015 with monthly talks on a variety of military subjects covering the First World War, local history and 19th century conflicts. All talks are on Saturdays and begin at 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets, priced £3.50 are available now from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266590.

Website

http://www.dlidurham.org.uk/Pages/MuseumEvents.aspx

Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery
Aykley Heads
Durham
DH1 5TU
England

Website

www.dlidurham.org.uk

E-mail

dli@durham.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 266590

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