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Free Admission for all on Boxing Day 2014 and New Year's Day 2015

For two days only

Join us this Christmas when we open our doors for FREE to everyone. Enjoy free entry to the DLI on Boxing Day and New Year's Day when we will be open 10.30am-4.00pm.

Enjoy our family friendly exhibition Generation Air currently showing in the Art Gallery, see our special First World War exhibition 'Outbreak 1914: The Durham Light Infantry Goes to War' in the museum or pop into the DLI Coffee Shop for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.

For our Christmas opening times, please scroll down the page.

The Muddy Choir

A performance by Theatre Centre

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January 2015 - 7.30pm

Saturday 24 January 2015 - 11.30am

Free performances for all at the DLI Museum & Art Gallery

The Muddy Choir is the story of three childhood friends - Will, Robbie and Jumbo - caught up in one of the deadliest battles of the First World War, and hoping their love of music will provide an escape.

The show takes audiences into the trenches of Ypres, introducing them to three teenage soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry. The show commemorates the heartbreak, humour, passion and desperation of those caught up in the War, and contains close-harmony versions of popular North-East folk songs of the period.

The Muddy Choir, a new show by Jesse Briton (Bound, Enduring Song), is the latest play commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre, a company with a 60-year pedigree in producing quality theatre for young audiences.

Tickets for all three performances are completely FREE. Please email us at or phone us on 03000 266290 to book your places.

Outbreak 1914! The Durham Light Infantry Goes To War

Now Open

Discover the vital role that The Durham Light Infantry played during the first crucial five months of the First World War in this remarkable commemorative exhibition. Explore how their role evolved and impacted on Britain both at home and abroad. Find out more about these historical events and how they shaped the lives of soldiers and their loved ones.

This exhibition is in partnership with the National Army Museum and is part of a four-year-long nationwide programme of commemoration which will offer a diverse range of thoughtprovoking exhibitions, permanent displays, partnerships and public events at regimental, corps and regional museums.

This exhibition will be showing until March 2015.

Christmas opening times

We will be open 10.30am-4.00pm as below;

  • Monday 22 to Thursday 25 December - Closed
  • Boxing Day - Open (Free entry) 
  • Saturday 27 December - Open
  • Sunday 28 December - Open
  • Monday 29 December - Closed
  • Tuesday 30 December - Open
  • New Year's Eve - Open (Free entry)
  • New Year's Day 2015 - Open
  • Friday 2 to Sunday 4 January - Open
  • Monday 5 to Tuesday 6 January - Closed
  • Open Wednesdays to Sundays as usual onwards.

Roland Bradford VC MC

Military Talks 2014-2015

Thank you for supporting our series of talks throughout 2014. We are currently planning another full programme of talks for 2015, which will begin on Saturday 14 February 2015 at 2pm.

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