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.
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.
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.