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.
NERA Exhibition: ‘A Saunter Through the Steelworks’, Wednesday 7th March to Sunday 15th April 2018 on the Museum Platform. A photographic exhibition curated by the North Eastern Rail-way Association. Contact the museum for entrance times. Normal entrance fee.
Lego Show, Sunday 18th February 11.00am-3.30pm in the Museum.
Come and see Brick Alley LEGO User Group’s LEGO displays. From LEGO City to Ninjago, Technic and - of course - LEGO trains! Normal entrance fee.
We have a number of exciting exhibitions and events planned for 2018. Here is a selection of what’s to come…
...and much much more!
Exposed, Saturday 11th November 2017 - Sunday 7th January 2018 11.00am - 3.30pm in the Temporary Exhibition Room
In 2015 a small collection of glass plate negatives were uncovered in the Museum of Hartlepool’s photographic archives. The previously unseen negatives are mug shots taken by Hartlepool Borough Police, a small force which served Hartlepool Headland from 1851 to 1947. Their faces have been exposed to the public for the first time by artist Jade Sweeting, Cleveland College of Art and Design. Normal entrance fee.
Halloween Little Boo! Sunday 22nd October 11.00am—3.30pm in the Museum. 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.
Crime and Death on the Railways, Saturday 9th September to Sunday 5th October 10.00am-4.00pm in Temporary Exhibition Space. Explore historic unsolved murders, accidents and robberies on the railways here in the North East.
Time Travel Thursdays, Thursday 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th August 10.00am—3.00pm in Northern Rail Activity Room. Come along and travel with us to get a taste of what life was like at different times in the past, visiting a different historical period each week. Activities provided by That History Bloke included in admission and yearly passes.
Sunday 23rd July at intervals between 10am—4pm Museum and Gardens. Come along to the Head of Steam Museum, to meet The Gruffalo! Plus lots more fun for all the family, including face painting, mini train ride, arts and crafts and lots more. The Gruffalo will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. Normal entrance fee applies.
Family Arts and Crafts, Thursday 1st June & Friday 2nd June, Northern Rail Activity Room. Join us in May half term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.
‘A Railway History of Shildon 1825 - 2004' Saturday 13th May—Sunday 2nd July 2017 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Curated by the North Eastern Railway Association. Normal entrance fee.
Eaaster Special, 16th April. Join us for a “Eggstraspecial” Easter treat, activities include, Egg Hunt, face painting, arts and crafts and ots more. £1 entrance fee per person, family members go free.
NERA Exhibition: ‘Harrogate—Northallerton 1848-1967’. Wednesday 1st March to Wednesday 12th April 2017 on the Museum Platform - a display to mark the 50th Anniversary of the closure of this line which will also include the Melmerby—Thirsk town route.
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).