Dates for your diaries for October and November

There are already several events with a First World War connection that are going on this autumn.  If you know of something locally or elsewhere in the country that you think might be of interest, please let us know and we’ll try to publicise it.  Here are some we know of already:

  • Saturday 7th October at the museum 11.00-4.00. This is a drop-in event for everyone in the family.  Food historians Jan and Richard Crouch will introduce you to the delights of First World War cooking with samples for those brave (or adventurous) enough to try them. They will be on hand to answer your questions and at 11.00 and 2.30, they’ll give short talks on food issues during the war.  You can also try your hand at felting to create flowers – poppies, marguerites, and cornflowers – to put onto a scene depicting a field before and after a First World War battle.  All the materials are provided and staff from the Education team will be on hand to guide you.   Everyone is welcome.
  • On Saturday 14th October the Western Front Association Durham Branch is holding the next in its series of First World War Conference and Exhibition meetings at Cornerstones, Chester-le-Street. I’ve found previous meetings very informative and interesting – a great opportunity to hear good speakers and see what groups in the county are doing to commemorate the First World War.  For more information about the programme and booking, go to  

  • November 4th at the museum 11.00-12.30. In this half-day workshop, photographic artist Lee Karen Stow will share thoughts and tips on how you can create and sustain a personal photography project or a long-term body of work. Learn how to turn your chosen theme or passion into an individual visual narrative that expresses what you truly love about life or what you want to say about it. She’ll also look at ways to share your work, exhibit it and how to get your work seen.

    For photographers with moderate to advanced level of experience.

    Places are limited so booking required, ring Reception on 01833 690606 or email  The cost of £15 includes the afternoon talk (see below).

  • November 4th at the museum 2.30-4.00. Lee Karen Stow will reflect on the poppy as a symbol of suffering during war since it was first used to commemorate the First World War.  Two women on separate continents came up with idea of the poppy, and it is instantly recognisable today. This is the last talk in the 2017 programme.  The usual charge of £3 applies (free for Friends, holders of an annual museum pass and people attending the morning’s photography workshop).

  • November 12th Remembrance Sunday service and wreath-laying in Barnard Castle. Afterwards we invite you to the museum to see the collaborative piece of collage artwork created in October.

  • November 15th at the Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Durham University is hosting ‘Centenary Reflections on the Church in the Furnace: Can the Church of England learn from the British Army?’ by The Venerable Stephen Robbins CB, Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and a former Chaplain-General of the British Army. The talk marks the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele and discusses whether the Church can learn from the recent pastoral experience of army chaplains. More information about the lecture and booking is available at