Great War Weekend

GREAT WAR WEEKEND - 18th & 19th March 2017

The clock will be turned back to 1917 on the weekend of the 18th & 19th March as we hold our annual Great War Weekend, in association with the Durham Pals living history group.

Andrews House station will feature First World War posters and a recruitment office. Men and women in period uniforms and civilian clothing will complement the authenticity of the weekend. Marley Hill carriage shed will feature displays from both national and local organisations on the impact of the First World War in the North East and the rest of the country.

Various displays elsewhere on the railway will tell the story of the railways in the area during the First World War including a recreation of a Zeppelin incendiary bomb dropped on the line.

Displays currently confirmed are;

  • Durham Pals Living History Group
  • Wessington U3A
  • Royal British Legion
  • NER in WW1 exhibition courtesy of Head of Steam, Darlington.
  • 29th Field Kitchen at Andrews House station.
  • Screenings of Asunder, an Esther Johnson film using local archive footage to convey the story of Sunderland’s involvement in the First World War. From the men who fought in the fields to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories. The soundtrack to the film was created by two renowned North East bands, Sunderland’s Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits.
  • A display of First World War motorcycles by The Friends of Beamish.
  • Recreation of the York Sailors' & Soldiers' Buffet at Causey Arch.
  • Wear at War.
  • War time bar at Andrews House station.
  • Historical Maritime Society providing a display of Royal Navy field hospital set in Mesopotamia on Andrews House events field.
  • Teeside in the First World War Archaeological Display.

Normal ticket prices apply, click here for details.

Tickets are now available online and can be purchased here, Saturday tickets also include entry into the below talk by Rob Langham (Tickets can also be purchased on the day)

The North Eastern Railway in WW1 by Rob Langham

Saturday 18th March, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), Andrews House

Discover the important role that the railways played during World War 1 in this talk by Rob Langham, author of the North Eastern Railway in the First World War. Tickets cost £5 per person on the day or £3 per person online, when purchased with a day rover ticket.

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