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Find out more about the current and future exhibitions featuring items from the DLI collection.

DLI Collection exhibition: When The Bugle Calls

The current touring exhibition from Durham County Council and The Trustees of the DLI, When the Bugle Calls, explores the role of the regimental band in the British Army.

With the story of the Durham Light Infantry's band and bugles at its heart, the display looks at military music throughout history - from its use as a tool for communicating battlefield commands, to ceremonial purposes, and how it came to shape regimental traditions.

It also tells the tale of individual soldiers and how music helped them rally their regiments, keeping morale alive in the darkest and most dangerous of times, and helping their spirits triumph.

The exhibition in Bishop Auckland Town Hall is open during library opening hours. Admission is free.

Using sights, sounds and hands-on activities, When the Bugle Calls draws on the DLI Collection to tell the story of Durham County's regimental band, recounting the exciting story of how the bugle became the symbol of the regiment.

DLI Collection gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community

Visitors to Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site can discover the history of the Durham Light Infantry thanks to a free gallery.

Courage, Comrades, Community at Durham University's Palace Green Library draws on the DLI Collection, charting the distinguished role of the regiment in more than 200 years of conflict across the globe.

The gallery in Palace Green Library is open from 10.00am to 4.45pm, Tuesday to Sunday and noon to 4.45pm on Mondays. Admission is free.

Find out more about Courage, Comrades, Community in the Icon for pdf Northern Echo DLI Supplement (PDF, 1.4mb)

Medal collection

The DLI's medal collection is now held at Palace Green Library which is part of Durham University. Medals are not on display, but you can look at individual medals or groups of medals from the collection. See DLI medals collection at Durham University for more information.

Online collection

Items from the DLI collection can also be viewed online. Please see our DLI digital collections page for more information.

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