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'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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WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

The WW1 exhibition 'To Serve King and Country' has been presented with some beautiful painted metal plates that were on the Front line.


DLI Handling Session

20 February, 11.00 – 3.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

DLI Handling Session

Come and join staff from the DLI Study and Research Centre to handle artifacts from WW1 (including shrapnel and medals) and ask them your questions


'To Serve King and Country’ Gallery Talk

21 February, 2.15 - 3.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission

'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.


Knit and Natter Session

28 February, 2.15 - 3.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission

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 people affected by 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 Picture Galleries.


WW1 Pop up exhibition of embroidery

1 March, 12.00 - 4.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

WW1 Pop up exhibition of embroidery

Join us for a display of WW1 related embroidered material from the Embroiderers’ Guild, which is in addition to those items currently on display in our ‘To Serve King and Country’ exhibition.


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