Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery

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

Website

www.durham.gov.uk/dli

E-mail

dli@durham.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 266590

Fax

0191 386 1770

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
DLI building
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Reopened in August 2000 after major redevelopment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund and a public appeal, the dli has rapidly established itself as one of Durham's most rewarding visitor attractions for all the family.
The new 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, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archive, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily:
1st April - 31st October, 10.00-17.00
1st November - 31st March, 10.00-16.00

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission charges

Adults £3.70. Concessions [students, OAPs] £2.70. Children £1.70. Upgrade to an Annual Pass for £1.00
Schools groups [with museum support] £2.70 per child, accompanying teachers free.

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.
Poppy

Dan Jackson – The Response, 1914.

  • 17 May 2014 2-3pm

Understanding the martial traditions of the North East of England and the rush to join up in the Great War. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

£3.00.

Website

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

photograph of nurse Lily Cope

Julia Midgley – “War, Art and Surgery”

  • 28 June 2014 2-3pm

Artist Julia Midgley will be speaking on her new exhibition in Durham Art Gallery of reportage sketches showing military surgeons in training and recently wounded soldiers on their road to recovery.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00.

Website

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

British WW1 medal

Peter Doyle – The First World War in 100 Objects

  • 19 July 2014 2-3pm

Examining the conflict from artefacts that ultimately mean something to people, and which, with correct interpretation, can be shown to mean something to very many more. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00.

Website

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

Photograph of parcels containing the effects of German soldiers killed in action.

Ann Wall and Eileen Brereton – Home Comforts

  • 15 November 2014 2-3pm

The work of the Great War Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in the North Riding, and the community effort providing comforts for the soldiers both at home and away as well as attending to their diet and medical treatment.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00.

Website

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

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