Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery

DLI building
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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.


  • 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

Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery
Aykley Heads






03000 266590

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