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Free Third Thursday lunchtime talk: 'The Durham Militia'

17 January 2019, from 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm

'The Durham Militia'

Military expert Steve Shannon will explore the history - the good and the bad - of the Durham Militia from 1759 to 1881, when it became part of the Durham Light Infantry, through the unique collections of militia photographs and documents held by Durham County Record Office and the militia uniforms and other objects held in the DLI Collection.

The Durham Militia was raised in Barnard Castle in August 1759 by the Lord Lieutenant, the Earl of Darlington, with a strength of 369 men. Militiamen, after their initial training, only met for one month a year for training. Then they returned to 'civvy street'. However, if the militia was embodied (called-out) to defend the country then these militiamen served as full-time soldiers, often for years, until the crisis had passed.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day). 

Advance booking essential. You can book online or contact us by phone or email to reserve a place.

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