'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: Gallery Talk

15 November, 2.15-2.45

To Serve King and Country: Gallery Talk

Meet our friendly project volunteers to learn about their research and the exhibition and ask questions at these informal talks.


WWI Book group

20 November, 2.30-4.00

WWI Book group

Join our friendly book group to chat about books relating to WW1.


Knit and Natter Session

22 November, 2.15 - 3.30, Free with Admission Pass

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.  Come and join a drop-in session between 2.15 and 3.30 in the Blue Gallery. 


To Serve King and Country: Gallery Talk

29 November, Free with Admission Pass

To Serve King and Country: Gallery Talk Meet our friendly project volunteers to learn about their research and the exhibition and ask questions at these informal talks.

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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