Great War Weekend

GREAT WAR WEEKEND - 17th & 18th March 2018

The clock will be turned back to 1918 on the weekend of the 18th & 19th March as we hold our annual Great War Weekend, in association with the Durham Pals living history group.

Andrews House station will feature First World War posters and a recruitment office. Men and women in period uniforms and civilian clothing will complement the authenticity of the weekend. Marley Hill carriage shed will feature displays from both national and local organisations on the impact of the First World War in the North East and the rest of the country.

We have a number of displays along the line and in the Marley Hill Carriage Shed, also home to the Pontop Canteen serving hot food, drinks and other refreshments.

29th Field Kitchen – Andrews House station

The 29th Field Kitchen portray an accurate British Army First World War Army field kitchen, which, equipped with Soyer cookers, run portable cookhouses wherever the Army needed them. As well as using accurate equipment, the field kitchen provides authentic food and drink for the living historians taking part in the weekend and provides a great photo opportunity

Durham Pals Living History Group – displaying along the line

The Durham Pals portray the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry – the ‘Durham Pals’. Formed in 1914 as one of Kitchener’s ‘New Army’ units raised for the duration of the war, large numbers of men from the Durham area or with links to Durham joined up to fight together. In 2018 we portray the unit as it was in 1918. Click here for more info

Friends of Beamish – Andrews House Station

The Friends of Beamish are bringing a number of period motorcycles, such as a rare Phelon & Moore motorcycle and sidecar as used by the Royal Flying Corps, and a Triumph Model H motorcycle, one of the most popular motorcycles used by despatch riders. Click here for more info

Visiting steam traction engine, 1908 built 'Prosper-Gem'

Visiting us from Scotland is the beautifully restored 1908 built, Fowler General Purpose Engine 'Prosper-Gem'. Traction engines like 'Prosper-Gem' were necessary for the war effort - see it up close and chat to the crews at Marley Hill and East Tanfield station.

Heugh Battery Museum – Marley Hill Carriage Shed

The Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool is on the site of the battery which fought back against the three German warships that raided the Hartlepools on 16th December 1914. This museum tells the story of the history of the battery and the bombardment as well as having a collection of artillery and military vehicles. Click here for more info

North East War Memorials Project – Marley Hill Carriage Shed

The North East War Memorials Project is intended to assist members of the public, Local and Family History Groups, Military Historians, Schools and individuals to learn about and research their local War Memorials and record the results. Click here for more info

Scots in the Great War Living History Society – displaying along the line

Researching and informing on the military, social and economic impact of the Great War on Scotland, Scots in the Great War is a living history group dedicated to the memory, study and appreciation of not only the military, but also the political, economic and social forces that shaped Scotland during and just after the Great War.

Following the lives of soldiers, nurses, factory workers, ship builders and more, they make it their mission to bring this important part of Scotland's history to life

The Station Master’s Bar – Andrews House Station

Although thanks to David Lloyd-George it was illegal to buy a round in the First World War, that law no longer applies so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself and others at the Tanfield Railway’s pop-up bar. Open Saturday, 10.30am - 4pm & Sunday, 10.30am - 2pm.

Teesside Archaeological Society First World War Project – Marley Hill Carriage Shed

Teesside Archaeological Society are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Project on the First World War. This project aims to engage volunteers in the identification, research and recording of First World War structures within the built environment of the Tees Valley. This area incorporates Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. Click here for more info

York Sailors & Soldiers Buffet – Causey Arch Station

In 1915 a committee of York women approached the North Eastern Railway with the idea of setting up a buffet at York station to sell refreshments to men (and later women) in uniform transiting through York station. The railway approved and this ran from November 1915 until 1919. Similar set-ups were seen at other large stations including Newcastle. This recreation of the buffet is selling refreshments at this popular station for walks and views of the 1725 Causey Arch bridge, the oldest railway bridge in the world

Wessington U3A War Memorials Project – Marley Hill Carriage Shed

The Wessington U3A War Memorials Project have been researching the lives of men from the Washington area that served in the Great War. They recently produced, with Lonely Tower, three films, all funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the most recent film entitled ‘Wear at War’. Click here for more info

Annfield Plain Army Cadets - Marley Hill

Sarah Reay, The Half-Shilling Curate - Marley Hill Carriage Shed

Traditional music - East Tanfield station

Normal ticket prices apply, click here for details.