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: 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.
The year ahead… We have a number of exciting exhibitions and events planned for 2015 including History Wardrobe ‘Oh My Poor Nerves’ and ‘Gothic For Girls’. There will be the 190th Stockton and Darlington Railway Anniversary Celebrations in September.
Santa at the Station on 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st December 2014 10am - 4pm. Meet Santa in our magical grotto and receive a Christmas present, entertainment includes mini train ride, arts and crafts. Entrance fee applies and booking is essential, contact the museum for more details.
Head of Steam is a partner in ‘Making a Mark’ – a project for schools and museums in the Tees Valley working with the National Portrait Gallery. Young people are producing writing inspired by railways, Darlington, and ghost and detective stories. The National Portrait Gallery will be lending contemporary photographs of Crime Writers by Nicola Kurtz as well as photographs of Victorian writers. Examples of students work will also be on display. Making a Mark is part of the Museums and Schools Programme fund-ed by Arts Council England.
Right on Track: Saturday 11th October 2014 11am until 6pm
Right on Track will see the museum play host to a range of food and drink stalls, including local real ales. Bands and live performers from the region will provide music and entertainment throughout the day. There will be arts and crafts activities, face painters and a balloon modeller to keep children entertained. Local history and railway fans can enjoy talks and literature readings and the opportunity to ask experts any questions. FREE ENTRY.
Heritage Open Days -Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September 2014 10am – 4pm Visit the museum and enjoy free entry as we participate in the national Heritage Open Days! The Friends of the Museum will be giving guided tours of the museum. Darlington Model Railway Club will be exhibiting some of their models and layouts at the museum. There will also be the opportunity to talk to rail heritage groups about the work that they do and what you can do to volunteer. On Saturday at 2pm, historian Stephen Nicholson will give a talk about ‘Darlington’s Railway Servicemen in the First World War’ – this talk is free, but booking is essential.
Trains and Trenches, 1st August to 2nd November 2014. When Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914 it would be a move that affected everyone within British society. Using objects and archival material Trains to Trenches explores how Darlington and the North Eastern Railway (NER) served Britain throughout those troubling times. Discover the NER Battalion, Darlington’s ‘shell shop’ and the role played by local women in keeping the country going.
Head of Steam Museum and Gardens Sunday 20th July 2014, 10am - 4pm. Come along to the museum’s Grand Day Out, entertainment includes flea circus, coconut shy, Victorian arts and crafts, Victorian bicycles, Punch and Judy, swingy boats.
Introduction to Screen Printing Workshop Wednesday 4th June 2014, History of Design Talk Sunday 8th June 2014, Freehand Machine Embroidery Workshop Wednesday 11th June 2014,Textile Fair Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June 2014.
Vintage Vehicle Rally, Sunday 18th May 2014, 11am - 3pm 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, vintage stalls and balloon making. £1 entrance fee per person, annual family members go free.
A textile and media based exhibition exploring heritage and journeys travelled on the railways opens Tuesday 8th April. The journey begins from Darlington travelling around the Great British countryside exploring many stations towns and cities that were linked with this vital network of railways. A series of talks, events and workshops will accompany the exhibition.
Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum has received £42,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, North Eastern Railways in World War One, in Darlington. The project will focus on the contribution of railway workers in the North East during the First World War.
Until 30th March 2014 in the Museum and Temporary Exhibition Gallery: A ‘Cluster’ exhibition by Durham based artists and sculptors. As part of the celebrations associated with the 150th anniversary of the opening of North Road Works, Darlington, four local artists under the banner of ‘Cluster’ present a unique exhibition of contemporary work inspired by the area’s railway heritage, with new work for 2013. Normal museum entrance fee applies.
Santa at the Station. Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st December 2013 10am to 4pm. Meet Santa in our magical grotto and receive a Christmas present. Entertainment includes mini train ride, arts and crafts and face painting. Pre-booking is essential. Admission fee applies.
The Great Train Robery: 30th October until 31st December 2013 - Museum Platform. This timely exhibition explores the events and impact of the Great Train Robbery fifty years on and the subsequent investigations that took place. The exhibition explores the robbery and its impact through previously unseen files and photographs. It will also look at the effects the robbery had on the GPO more widely. On loan from The British Postal Museum and Archive. Normal admission price.
Scooby Doo & Little BOO!!!! Halloween Fun Day, Sunday 27th October 2013 11am until 4pm.
Heritage Open Days & Darlington Model Railway Club weekend, 14th & 15th September 2013 11am until 3.30pm. Come along and enjoy free access to the Head of Steam museum as we participate in the national Heritage Open Days! Not only enjoy free access to the museum, but also free guided tours by the Friends of the Museum and the opportunity to learn what the railway heritage organisations in Darlington are doing . Plus, to celebrate their long connection with Head of Steam Museum, Darlington Model Railway club will exhibit their working layouts for this special weekend.
The Art of Steam: a new exhibition by the renowned artist David Noble, a member of the Guild of Railway Artists. Summer Arts & Crafts: every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm until 3pm in the Northern Rail Activity Room.
A Grand Day Out,Sunday 21st July 2013, 10am until 4pm, Head of Steam Museum and Gardens.Come along to the museum’s Grand Day Out, entertainment includes flea circus, curiosity shop, coconut shy, Victorian arts and crafts, Victorian bicycles and Punch and Judy.
The British Wildlife Photography - Winners 2012, 7th June to 1st August 2013.This highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography exhibition captivates visitors with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British Wildlife as well as a showcase for the country’s leading nature photographers.
To celebrate the Festival of the North East the museum will be exhibiting a selection of photographs from the Cleveland Bridge Collection on the Museum Platform, opening 7th May.
Family Arts and Crafts Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays between 2nd & 12th April 1pm until 3pm in Northern Rail Activity Room. Join us in the Easter holidays for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.
6th April - 2nd June 2013 10am until 4pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery
An exhibition jointly curated by the museum and the North Eastern Railway Association that explores and remembers the North Road Works site, the locomotives that were built there and the people who worked there 150 years after it opened in 1863.
Listing the Titanic Events in February.