Head of Steam (previously Darlington Railway centre and Museum) are emailing their monthly newsletters to the group. They can be found in the list below.
Afternoon Lectures: ‘New French Light Rail Systems in the 21st Century’ by Graham Jellett, Saturday 4th February 2017 1.45pm Meeting Room. Free to members of the Friends, non-members welcome, (please telephone the museum for membership or price details).
North Road Works—Fifty Years of Memories between Saturday 14th January—Sunday 5th March in theTemporary Exhibition Gallery. 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works after 103 years of making and repairing locomotives. To commemorate the anniversary, Head of Steam asked the local community to contribute their memories of the Works to an online archive. The exhibition brings together those memories as well as a range of photographs of the Works. Normal entrance fee.
The Forcett Branch: Wednesday 7th December 2016 to Wednesday 22nd February 2017 11.00am—3.30pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. A photographic display concentrating on the Forcett Branch, curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Normal entrance fee.
NERA Lecture: ‘The Northern Belle’ by Sam Woods Saturday 19th November 1.30pm Museum. Organised by the North Eastern Railway Association. free to members of NERA.
Halloween at Head of Steam, Sunday 23th October 11.00am—3.30pm. Come along to our specially decorated museum in your favourite Halloween Costume, there will be a magician, arts and crafts and a spooky treasure hunt to entertain the little ones! Normal entrance fee.
Artist Stephen Bainbridge shows a range of works in acrylic, limited edition prints, and cards depicting the splendour of steam railways in the Temporary Exhibition Space,Saturday 10th September to Sunday 30th October 10.00am-4.00pm. Normal entrance fee.
Summer Crafts, Thursday and Fridays throughout the summer 1.00pm-3.00pm in the Museum Drop in for a variety of fun arts and crafts activities for all the family to join in with. Included in admission and yearly passes.
Afternoon Lectures ‘The Twilight of World Steam’ by Dave Whitefield, Thursday 7th July 2016 1.45pm Meeting Room @ HoS
History Wardrobe: A Very Victorian Lady Sunday 19th June at 2.00pm in the Meeting Room.
Saturday 7th May—Sunday 3rd July in the Exhibition Gallery. An exhibition by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group. Normal entrance fee.
175th Anniversary of York to Darlington Line. Wednesday 6th April—Wednesday 25th May on the Museum Platform. An exhibition curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Normal Entrance fee.
Lego Exhibition: Explore the Amazing World of Lego, Saturday 5th March - Saturday 30th April in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. For over 50 years now LEGO® has been at the fore-front of the toy industry. Today LEGO® appeals to al-most as many adults as children with models becoming more advanced and detailed. This exhibition demon-strates just a small sample of what can be built from one of the world’s most popularconstruction toys today.
Afternoon Lectures: ‘Steam & Diesel in North America ‘ by Ian McInnes. Thursday 4th February 1.45pm Meeting Room. FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome, (please telephone the museum for membership or price details).
We have a number of exciting exhibitions and events planned for 2016. Here is a selection of what’s to come…
...and much much more!
The Haggerleases Branch, Wednesday 3rd December 2015 — Sunday 28th February 2016 11.00am—3.30pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. A photographic display concentrating on the Haggerleases Branch, curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Normal entrance fee.
As some of you may be aware, our curator and manager Leona recently left on maternity leave. Whilst Leona is away, Sarah is acting manager of the museum.
The History Wardrobe presents: Gothic for Girls, Friday 30th October 7.00pm on Museum Platform £8.50 (Booking is essential). The dark drama of black in fashion, and the best of British supernatural stories. With shiveringly beautiful costumes and readings from Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, Mrs Radcliffe, Charles Dickens, Horace Walpole… and coming right up to date with The Woman in Black.
190th Anniversary of Opening of S&DR—Gala Fun Days Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 10.00am-4.00pm Museum and gardens Come along to Head of Steam to celebrate the 190th Anniversary of the opening of the S&DR. Entertainment includes storytelling, children’s entertainer, face painting, Victorian games, dancers.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1.00pm-3.00pm at the museum. Drop in for a variety of fun arts and crafts activities for all the family to join in with. Included in admission and yearly passes.
Teddy Bears Picnic, Sunday 19th July 10.00am-4.00pm in the Museum and Gardens. Come along to the museum’s Teddy Bears Picnic, entertainment includes, children’s entertainer, face painting, storytelling, coconut shy, hook a duck, children’s rides, arts and crafts and teddy bear themed trail. Don’t forget your teddy! £1 entrance fee per person, family members go free.
North East Railways in WW1 Exhibition, Wednesday 3rd June—Friday 31st July 10.00am-4.00pm on the Museum Platform. Created from stories discovered by WW1 project volunteers ’North East Railways in World War One’ looks at the experiences of railway men at home and abroad and of women who took on new roles at home. Normal entrance fee.
Vintage Vehicle Rally, Sunday 31st May 11.00am-3.00pm in the Museum Gardens and Field. A variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles from across the north east and Yorkshire regions gather again for this popular event, activities include mini train ride, arts and crafts and juggling and balloon mak-ing. £1 entrance fee per person, family members go free.
"Holiday Runabout" Wednesday 1st April—Sunday 31st May on the Museum Platform. Day tripping down the Yorkshire Coast by train in photographs, curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Normal entrance fee.
Afternoon Lectures: Darlington’s Railway Heritage: The Next Ten Years by Mrs Jenny Chapman MP. Thursday 5th March 2015 1.45pm Meeting Room at HoS FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome. (please tele-phone the museum for membership or price details).
The History Wardrobe Presents: Oh My Poor Nerves!Friday 13th February 2015 7pm HOS Platform (Booking is essential) A fascinating insight into maladies real and imaginary, with a splendid selection of medical artefacts and a very spirited invalid. Oh My Poor Nerves showcases an often overlooked era in medical history. Details of home cures, quack remedies and crude surgery highlight the battle between science and superstition.