'To Serve King and Country' Exploring the Role of Teesdale in the First World War


This poignant exhibition, the culmination of a five-year project, will explore the role of Teesdale and its residents during WWI, bringing stories to life in a compassionate and informative display.

Life at the Front and at home will be depicted, including the impact and aftermath of war on individuals and communities, and their response to the worldwide conflict.

Soldiers’ equipment, trench art, medals and other memorabilia will be on display alongside many personal artefacts including hard ‘tack’ biscuits, which survived the ravages of time.

The project’s main objective was to complete the Roll of Honour begun in 1915 by the Museum’s then curator Owen Scott to record those ‘serving King and Country’ in any capacity whatsoever; a further 2,000+ names have now been added.

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To Serve King and Country

24 October, 11:00 - 4:00

To Serve King and Country

Visit the WW1 exhibition before making a metal embossed medal, creating a poppy collage, or making a plane. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


DLI Handling Session

24 October, 11.00 – 3.00

DLI Handling Session

Drop-in anytime to have your chance to handle equipment, see a piece of shrapnel, learn about the various medals awarded during the war, and ask DLI Study and Research Centre staff and volunteers questions.  Suitable for all ages.


Knit and Natter Session

25 October, 2.15 – 3.30

Knit and Natter Session

During the First World War, women (and men) at home knitted items for men at the front and in hospital.  Today we are knitting and crocheting flowers for our community artwork hanging and items to send to charities supporting current victims of war.  It doesn’t matter if you can only do a couple of rows, and experienced knitters will be on hand to help.


Singing for the Brain

30 November, 10:30 to noon, Free for Pass Holders

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain sessions bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session explore the WW1 To Serve King and Country exhibition before enjoying refreshments and a themed singalong, including carols. For more information and to book contact Sharon Simms, 0191 389 0400  Sharon.Simms@alzheimers.org.uk


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