The History visit to the Durham Light Infantry Museum was very beneficial, educational and ‘great banta’ (Kelland Nellis).
The trip started off with a short bus journey to Durham. Once we arrived, we were taken to a room filled with personal information on past members of the DLI. We were given their names and after half an hour of detailed research, we were instructed to present their personal stories to the rest of the group.
After everyone shared their findings Ms pulled a cloth off the table revealing various artefacts: guns, uniforms, grenades, medals and photographs. We had to put on white gloves to ensure we did not contaminate them. This was fun and we felt very privileged to be able to handle such materials.
Later on, the DLI Leader took us outside and lined us up. She put on a hat, acting as an Army General and taught us how to march. It was pretty challenging but great fun, learning the different stances and coordinating our moves with one and other.
Shortly after this we were allowed to walk around the museum freely providing some great ‘selfie’ opportunities: sat in tanks and wearing soldiers’ uniform.
Unfortunately, after this, it was time to leave; so we headed back to the bus to eat our much needed lunch.
All in all, a great trip with great ‘banta’.
By: Bryony Lane and Lauren Hope 9H