Outbreak 1914! The Durham Light Infantry Goes To War
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.
Military Talks 2014
Peter Doyle – The First World War in 100 Objects
Saturday 19 July, 2pm
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.
Harry Moses – Army Tactics and Roland Boys Bradford VC MC
Saturday 18 October, 2pm
Harry Moses returns to talk on Roland Boys Bradford VC MC, who along with George Nicholson Bradford were the only brothers both to receive the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
Ann Wall & Eileen Brereton – Home Comforts
Saturday 15 November, 2pm
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.
All talks start at 2.00pm.
Tickets are available now priced £3.00 (plus admission charges), from the DLI shop or by calling 03000 266590.
Summer Brass Band Concerts in our beautiful grounds
Sundays from 2pm - Free
Join us on Sunday afternoons in our lovely parkland for concerts of fine brass band music by some of the region's best brass bands.
The newly revamped DLI Café will be open throughout the afternoon serving ice-creams and refreshments.
- Sunday 1 June - Ferryhill Town Band
- Sunday 8 June - Lanchester Brass Band
- Sunday 15 June - Trimdon Concert Band
- Sunday 22 June - Pittington Brass
- Sunday 29 June - NASUWT Concert Band
- Sunday 6 July - Durham County Brass Band Association Contest. Performances all day long from 10am
- Sunday 20 July - Craghead Colliery Band
- Sunday 27 July - Durham Constabulary Band
- Sunday 3 August - Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band
All concerts are free and there is free parking.
DLI Reunion & World War One Centenary Commemoration Weekend
Durham Market Place and Palace Green
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014
A memorial statue to the Durham Light Infantry is to be officially unveiled in September.
A dedication ceremony will take place during a weekend of special events remembering the soldiers of the DLI and marking the anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The ceremony, on Sunday 14 September, will follow the annual Durham Light Infantry annual Association Parade and Review in Durham Market Place.
The day will also include the DLI Reunion service in Durham Cathedral, which will also commemorate the start of the First World War.
There will also be a marquee on Palace Green featuring First World War exhibitions and displays.
Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The DLI memorial will be a fitting memorial to County Durham’s own regiment and the many North East soldiers who served as members of the DLI.
“How better to mark its official unveiling than with a dedication ceremony in the presence of DLI veterans and their families?
“The timing of the ceremony also offers us an opportunity to begin our programme of events commemorating the start of the First World War.”
The bronze sculpture, a single soldier by Edinburgh sculptor Alan Herriot, symbolises the poignant moment after DLI buglers sounded the ceasefire in Korea in 1953. This was the Regiment’s last battle honours.
It mirrors one unveiled at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire last year.
See more information on the weekend's events.
See a full list of events on the Durham County Council website.