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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 Public Meeting

2 March, 10.30 – 12.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

WW1 Public Meeting

Join the volunteers and staff who’ve worked with the community on the WW1 project as it draws to a close.  This is a chance to see the exhibition and review the work with coffee, tea and biscuits from 10.00.


From War to Peace? Aftermaths of the Great War

2 March, 1.30 – 3.45, Free for pass holders or normal admission

From War to Peace? Aftermaths of the Great War

The legacies of war and its impact on building post conflict societies will be reflected on during talks by Professor Charlotte Alston on the Paris Peace Conference 1919, Dr Daniel Laqua on campaigns to transform international life and Dr Andre Keil on the birth of the German republic in 1918/19. Booking is advisable.  

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