The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) has a special place in the story of County Durham. From its beginning in 1758 as John Lambton’s 68th Regiment of Foot, the DLI has been present at some of the most important events in world history. From fighting the armies of Napoleon to helping defeat Hitler, the actions of the regiment’s soldiers have helped shape the world we know today.
The DLI Collection Gallery tells the history of the regiment through the stories of the soldiers who made it. Learn more about their brave deeds and see the Victoria Cross awarded to Private Michael Heaviside for saving the life of his injured comrade. Discover the DLI’s surprising sporting past and marvel at what was once said to be the world’s biggest football trophy. Have fun and meet soldiers from the DLI’s past by playing our touch table game, A March Through Time.
If you’d like to find out more about the soldiers who fought with the regiment, you can see many of their medals by making an appointment to visit the Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library. Click here to find out more.
The remainder of the collection can be seen by visiting the DLI Collection Research and Study Centre at Sevenhills. Click here to find out more about this service.