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October 2020

Head of Steam: Time for Change! What the Quakers did for us!

October 3 - December 3
Head of Steam Museum
£4.95

Darlington, railways and Quakers have a long and famous history. We celebrate Edward and Joseph Pease in Darlington but how about other influential Quakers? Visit the exhibition in person or online to discover how Quakers fought against the transatlantic slave trade, became conscientious objectors and reformed mental health care. The exhibition runs from 3rd October to 3rd December. To book tickets contact Head of Steam Museum or online www.head-of-steam.co.uk, 01325 405060  

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People of the Stockton & Darlington Railway

October 23 - October 24
Online
Free
Brusselton Incline Group Work Party

Through Facebook posts and online meet the people who played their part in building the Stockton & Darlington Railway from those with money to invest, the engineers and innovators to those who didn’t support its development.

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The Architecture The Railways Built

October 23 - November 1
Online
Free

As part of a new series on TV channel ‘Yesterday’, the TV company visited Shildon, Darlington and Stockton to meet with local historians to investigate the ‘railway that got the world on track’ and initiated the modern railway age.  Watch the programme and visit a selection of the most important sites along the 26 miles of the Stockton & Darlington main line, which opened on 27th September 1825. Location: https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/the-architecture-the-railways-built/watch-online/6163058463001

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Photographic Competition

October 23 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Would you like to take part in a competition to bring the S&DR back to life through your photos? You could take photos linked to the S&DR on a walk, on a museum visit or – well – just use your imagination. There are two age groups, with prizes of a £20.00, £10.00 and £5.00 voucher for each age group: Up to 11 11 – 18 The photos will be judged by Chris Lloyd (Northern Echo) and a representative from:…

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The Stockton & Darlington Railway 200th anniversary project: where we are and where we’re going

October 23 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Since 2013, the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway have been working to prepare for the 200th anniversary of the railway that marked the beginning of the modern railway age – for good and for ill.  Find out what has been achieved so far and where we are heading over the next five years, in the lead up to the bicentenary in 2025.  Find out how you can get involved.

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Lockdown Lecture: The Stockton & Darlington Railway – the railway that got the world on track.

October 23 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Free

A 25-minute talk by Caroline Hardie of the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway on why the S&DR was the railway that got the world on track. The S&DR opened on the 27th September 1825 and its mainline ran for 26 miles between Witton Park in SW Durham and Stockton via Darlington. What was it that made the S&DR different to the railways that went before and why did it lead to the creation of a worldwide transport network…

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The Story of Brusselton Incline

October 23 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Free

A 23 minute film chronicling, in brief, the role that the rope hauled, self-acting and horse drawn route, and specifically the Brusselton Incline, played in assuring the viability of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, explaining how it worked and what remains to visit today.

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S&DR History and Heritage Festival 23rd October – 1st November 2020

October 23 @ 10:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Free

The History and Heritage Festival 2020 celebrates heritage through people and place. Find out about the building of the Town Hall, uncover what survives of The Stockton & Darlington Railway, meet the people who shaped Bishop Auckland and those that built the Stockton & Darlington Railway. More information coming soon.

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Walking the Line: Etherley Incline

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Phoenix Row
Free

A guided walk from the start of the Stockton & Darlington Railway beyond Phoenix Row, up Etherley Incline to the site of the Stationary Engine and Engineman’s house (hear about the Greener family) and down to Greenfields and return. Approximately 3 miles with up-hill stretches. Chance for a comfort break and a visit to a garden on the incline. S&DR Walk Booklet available at £2.50 each. Booking: Telephone Jane Hackworth-Young 01833 627712 or John Raw 01388 663764. Numbers will be…

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Walking the Line: Head of Steam to Oak Tree Junction

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Head of Steam Museum
Free

Walking the Line: Head of Steam, Darlington to Oak Tree Junction From the Head of Steam car park, the walk follows (or as near to as possible) the original route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway passing various buildings, bridges, landmarks, structures, cuttings, embankments, etc. After the walk we will return to Head of Steam by train from Dinsdale Station. Walk length including Oak Tree Junction to Dinsdale Station is about 6 miles. Booking: Telephone Peter Bainbridge 01642 868877. Numbers…

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