Based in Durham City, the DLI Museum tells the story of the Durham Light Infantry from its formation in 1758 right the way through to the laying-up of the Colours in 1968. This proud regiment produced many courageous deeds and acts of huge self-sacrifice and the museum serves to honour the men and women of the DLI.
A favourite of Field Marshal Montgomery, having served under him in Alamein, Normandy and Holland, he said of the DLI “There may be some regiments as good, but I know of none better.”
In the first world war, the DLI fielded more men than any other regiment and, by the end, 12000 had laid down their lives in service; with 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded.
The aims of this site are two fold. Recently, Durham County Council announced that they were closing the DLI museum at Aykley Heads. Several supporters of the DLI have come together to examine and challenge the closure. The original remit being:
“The closure of the DLI museum at the Aykley Heads site has not been examined by the Council in any way other than how to achieve and justify it. The purpose of this group is to examine continued financially sustainable operation at the site and legally challenge the County Council on the closure decision.”
Currently, over 25,000 people have joined together to protest against the closure, and more are joining each day.
The second thing this site is looking to secure is the stories of the surviving members of the DLI. Wherever they served, we aim to honour them and this site will be a continual testament to them.