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Summer art and craft activities for children

Tuesdays to Sundays until 31 August 2015

10.30am - 4pm

This Summer Durham Art Gallery's new exhibition features the work of John Tunnard.

Based on Tunnard's 'Holiday' image create postcards, design a holiday scene in your own style and explore your artworks inspired by his love of art, nature and science.

There will also be lots more free art and craft activities throughout the Summer holidays, suitable for children of all ages, on Tuesdays to Sundays.

Just drop in, no booking required. Free activities, normal admission charges apply.

Military Vehicle Rally 2015

Sunday 30 and Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015

10.30am - 4pm

Now in it's 42nd year the DLI Military Vehicle Rally takes place on August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. See around 70 superbly restored military vehicle and artillery from the Second World War to the present day

Living history displays, militaria stalls and dioramas will all be taking place outside in the grounds, plus inside the museum will be lots of activities for children and families.

FREE ADMISSION to the outdoor show, free parking and refreshments will be available. (Normal admission charges apply for entry to the Museum and Gallery).

Military Talks Programme 2015

Saturday 12 September, 2.00pm - new date

A Doctor’s Experience on the Western Front.

Ian McArdle

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.

Tickets priced £3.50 (plus admission) are available in advance from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266 590.

Art Workshops

Mini Artists - Messy Play and story time for the under 5s


We provide a fun and safe environment for young children to create and experience new things - plus we do all the clearing up!

  • Wednesday 18 September
  • Wednesday 16 October
  • Wednesday 20 November
  • Wednesday 12 December

£2.00 per child, plus admission charges for the adults (which is free with an Annual Pass). This includes tea or coffee and juice for the mini artists.

Please contact us on 03000 266 590 or to book a place.

Military Talks Programme 2015

Saturday 17 October, 2.00pm

‘The Woman Who Didn’t Exist’

Clive and Kath Richardson

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.

Tickets priced £3.50 (plus admission) are available in advance from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266 590.

Heavy Tank Mk1 Female

Military Talks Programme 2015

Saturday 14 November, 2.00pm

The Development of Tanks During the First World War

Stuart Wheeler

The design and development of tanks during World War One and the evolution of tank tactics from September 1916 – November 1918.

Tickets priced £3.50 (plus admission) are available in advance from the DLI Shop or by calling us on 03000 266 590.

For Valour

Now open!

This exhibition remembers and commemorates the great acts of heroism of ten men who were born in County Durham or served with the Durham Light Infantry and received the Victoria Cross for their actions during the First World War. All ten men performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing, their own lives in the process.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy". It is the only award that can be made to any rank. In this exhibition you will be able to discover the extraordinary stories that led to its presentation to these men of Durham.

See a full list of events on the Durham County Council website.