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FREE ADMISSION for all this Thursday 11 September

To celebrate Heritage Open Days we are opening our doors FREE OF CHARGE this Thursday 11 September for one day only as we take part in Heritage Open Days. See our new exhibition "Outbreak 1914: Durham Light Infantry Go To War" and our exhibitions in Durham Art Gallery by Melanie Friend and Julia Midgley.

DLI Reunion and 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.

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.

Military Talks 2014

Harry Moses – Army Tactics and Roland Boys Bradford VC MC

Saturday 18 October, 2.00pm

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 and Eileen Brereton – Home Comforts

Saturday 15 November, 2.00pm

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.

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