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DLI research, study and education is open for appointments only on the week of 19 December.

Learning with the DLI Collections

Pupils can hold a piece of history in their hands with our interactive DLI Collection education sessions.

Learning with the DLI Collections

Children can get hands on with items of the DLI Collection through a series of classroom based workshops which take the story of the Durham Light Infantry into schools.

Some of the 15,000 items of the collection including: flags; medals; replica weapons and uniforms can be brought to your classroom or community group by our learning officers who will deliver a lesson, tied in to the National Curriculum.

Sessions offer a unique opportunity to explore contemporary sources and hold genuine objects once used by DLI soldiers and their families. Our workshops are available for both primary and secondary age school children and include sessions on the First World War and Second World War. Sessions can be tailored to your requirements and pupils ages and we can also offer assemblies.

Workshops available

Durhams' Duties - local history unit

Your pupils will take part in group explorations of the impact of war on families and communities. Follow the journey of six Durham people through the wars, with independent learning through handling, discussion, interpretation and role play.

Art and Poetry in the First World War

Art and poetry sessions offer a choice of four modules and include the study of art and poetry at the time, object handling, the chance to create your own museum and a remembrance feedback session.


Your pupils will take part in a whole group exploration of propaganda. Modules such as art and discussion can be used to understand how propaganda affects people's lives.

Real stories, Real Lives

Find out what life was like during the First World War following the story of individual soldiers including medical care, the effects of war and handle objects of the time. Your pupils can take part in a drill and explore the soldiers experiences of war.

Other sessions are available and lessons can be tailored to your individual needs. As well as schools we regularly visit village halls and community groups to deliver sessions. Half day and full day sessions are available.

Please contact us for more information.

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DLI Collection enquiries
03000 266 631
Our address is:
  • Sevenhills
  • Greenhills Business Park
  • Enterprise Way
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JB