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The future of the DLI collections

The future of the DLI collections

Durham University, in partnership with Durham County Council and the DLI Trustees, is committed to continuing to provide access to the collection of the Durham Light Infantry. Working in partnership with local people we want to create an outstanding new gallery which tells the story of this remarkable regiment. For more information on how to get involved please see the section on the new DLI Gallery in the FAQs below. From 2016 to 2020 the partners will also produce a series of temporary exhibitions on themes relating to the DLI. These will be shown in Durham and tour to other locations.

Research access to the collection is also possible. The medals that were on display in the former DLI Museum have been carefully removed from display, repackaged and transferred to Palace Green Library where researchers are able to view them in the Barker Research Library. Viewing the medals, either individually or as a set, is by appointment only and a booking system is in operation from 3rd October 2016 This service will be in operation from October 2016. The remainder of the DLI Collection has been transferred to a secure store at Sevenhills, Spennymoor where research access is now possible in a specially refurbished dedicated facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Somme exhibition intended to replace the former DLI Museum?

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front has been in planning and production for nearly three years. It is, and always has been, intended to highlight the huge contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from Co Durham throughout the Great War but with a particular focus on the events of 1916. It features many items from the collection that were previously on display at the DLI as so many men from the County joined that regiment but we have also included items relating to other regiments, such as the Northumberland Fusiliers, to make it as inclusive as possible.

What other temporary exhibitions will take place? Will they use the DLI Collection?

From 2016 to 2020 the partners will also produce a series of temporary exhibitions on themes relating to the DLI. These will use items from the DLI Collection and will tell different aspects of the regiment’s story. The exhibitions will be shown in Durham and tour to other locations.

When will the new DLI Gallery be open and what will be on display?

The partners are committed to continuing to tell the story of the DLI and a new gallery will be opened in Palace Green Library in 2017. We want to hear as many thoughts as possible on what the Gallery and the temporary exhibitions should focus on and would appreciate your help with this. Over the period May to July we will be running a number of drop-in sessions at Palace Green Library and around the county where you can tell us what you like and dislike about museum galleries, express opinions on what the focus of the gallery should be, and hear about our plans for the development of the gallery. If you would like to attend then please email and we will send details on how you can get involved. We are also asking people to fill in a quick survey form to help us with the planning process. The survey can be accessed via this link -

When can I see the medals?

As part of our commitment to securing continued access to the DLI Collection we have also agreed that we will look after the medal collection. Medals that were on display at the former DLI Museum have been transferred to Palace Green Library and are available for public consultation in the Barker Research Library, which is part of Palace Green Library. The Barker Research Library is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Researchers wishing to view medals need to make an appointment. Please see our dedicated page for details

I have some material relating to the DLI. Are you still accepting donations?

Durham County Council remains interested in hearing from anyone who is considering donating material relating to the DLI to the collection. Enquiries about donating paper-based material such as papers, photographs, service records etc should be directed to Enquiries about the donation of objects should be directed to

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