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“History and entertainment”

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery
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Owner description: The museum tells the proud 200-year-old story of the Durham Light Infantry, especially during World War I and World War II. The displays focus on the experience of war, using letter and diary extracts, plus the actual voices of World War II veterans. Upstairs the Durham Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of exhibitions and events from concerts and talks to practical workshops for children and adults. Please ring for an exhibitions and events brochure.
Durham, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“History and entertainment”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

If you love anythng to do with the historic aspects of the wars then you'll probably like this place. It has hostoric facts in abundance and displays and exhibitions/events are frequent.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank pchelper
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English first
Swindon, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The DLI Museum display team know how to tug the heartstrings when dealing with modern warfare and do so cleverly with good use of artefacts and interpretation. Currently the whole place is very geared up to 20thC events which is understandable but I hope when this obsession with WWI and D-Day dies down their expertise is directed to telling the stories of the regiment's earlier times with as much care and expertise. Very approachable staff and having friends on site who are prepared to chat with visitors is an excellent augmentation.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Herne848
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Durham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not bad at all”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

I took my toddler along to the DLI museum as a way of staying dry on a rainy day. The museum is based in a small wooded area, which I'm sure is lovely on a nice day, but we weren't able to fully appreciate it.

The content is all based around Durham's local regiment. There are lots of displays featuring uniforms, weapons and accoutrements. The second level has more displays of military vehicles and medals won by various local serviceman. The museum has a small cafe with light refreshments where we enjoyed a coffee and a muffin.

As an adult mildly interested in local military history, I loved it! My son however, less so. Walking through the displays there are lots of colours, bright, shiny things that had his interest - but there is also a lot of further information on plaques to read that I had to hurry past so that I could keep him engaged. The second floor has a very small kids play area with a few select toys that allowed me more time to indulge in the additional reading but ultimately what I'm trying to say is, that it's not really for young children IMO.

Reasonably priced, easy to find, pleasant staff, free car park and a good way to avoid the rain! Or, go on a sunny day and make the most of its lovely grounds.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank GJCaesar100
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South Shields
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2013

The DLI Museum tells the history of the Durham Light Infantry. It is in a nice setting, there is a lovely pond and picnic area outside. When I visited the cafe was not open( no doubt due to government cuts).I wish we had taken a picnic. There are plenty of artillery and other weapons which youngsters of all ages can pose for photographs.
There were costumes for youngsters to get dressed up in.
They do lectures and educational woekshops might be worth checking if anything special is on before you go.
Fees are cheap and for an extra £1 you can visit all year.

Visited November 2013
4 Thank Geordiefatther
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Local History on display”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

The Durham Light Infantryman museum tells the story of this local regiment. It's fascinating and has a free car park and a cafe.

2 Thank Helen D
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