When the Bugle Calls

By Judith Phillips

We’ve been delighted to work with staff and volunteers at the DLI Research and Storage Centre at Sevenhills throughout the project, and we look forward to collaborating with them again as we prepare for the exhibition later this year that will showcase the project and its findings.  Many of you may already have seen their recent exhibition at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.  It has now moved to Stanhope Durham Dales Centre. 

With the story of the DLI’s band at its heart, the exhibition tells tales of how the British Army and individual soldiers used music to rally their regiments, keeping morale alive in the darkest and most dangerous of times.  Two centuries of military music are represented in the exhibition, including the story of how ‘Abide With Me’ came to be the DLI’s regimental hymn. 

The exhibition is on at Stanhope Durham Dales Centre until 10 June and is open every day from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  For more information visit www.durham.gov.uk/dlicollection.

Of course, the exhibition covers the First World War period.  As you would expect, many Teesdale men served in the DLI but we’ve been surprised at how many other regiments are represented on our project database.  We’d be very interested to hear from anyone who knows of a Teesdale family or community member who was involved in the music-making activities of any regiment during the First World War.  It’s an aspect of military life that isn’t often highlighted.