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Have your say on plans for former DLI Museum and Art Gallery

Published October 24, 2022 3.33pm

You can have your say on plans to redevelop the former Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Museum and Art Gallery into an exhibition centre, gallery, café and restaurant.

DLI how it will look

How the former DLI Museum and Art Gallery could look once redeveloped.

In March this year, our Cabinet approved proposals to redevelop the building, at Aykley Heads, for cultural use.

While The Story at Mount Oswald will be the permanent home for the DLI collection, the site at Aykley Heads will include space for a DLI Gallery. The Story is expected to open to the public in 2023.

A pre-planning consultation on the proposed redevelopment of the former museum and art gallery building begins this week.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to redevelop a historic building and create an ambitious cultural  venue which would boost our tourism offer, in turn growing our visitor economy and supporting local pride. Providing significant dedicated space for the DLI Collection is key to the future success of the venue.

"I'd encourage everyone interested to feed back to our online consultation or visit our information event to find out more."

You can view the proposed plans and complete a survey at our consultations web page from Tuesday 25 October to Friday 4 November.

An event with the opportunity to meet the team working on the redevelopment, see the plans, ask questions and leave comments will be held at Durham Town Hall. This will be on Tuesday 1 November, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.   

The plans will be on display at Clayport Library in Durham City after the consultation event, with more opportunities to leave comments from Wednesday 2 November to 12.00pm on Friday 4 November.

Both Durham Town Hall and Clayport Library are accessible venues.

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