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Community Projects

From Steam to Green

Can you help us make our next exhibition bright and colourful?

Our next exhibition, 'From Steam to Green' opens on 19th March 2022 and we need your help to decorate.

Can you make a flower to be displayed?

They can be made of any materials and be any shape of size.

Our only request is that you use or reuse what you already have.

It could be newspaper from recycling, old scraps of wool or empty plastic bottles.

If you make any flowers, we'll need them by Wednesday 9th March

Line drawing of a train

All Aboard!

We need your help!

When we reopen in May 2021, we'll have a brand new exhibition, 'All Aboard' about children's railway stories!

We need your help to create some train bunting to decorate the exhibition. Can you colour in the drawing below?

It can be the same colour as your favourite train or you can create a brand new design!


Take a photo of your finished masterpiece and tag us or email to

Download a copy of this image to print out [jpg image]

A History of the World

A History of the World is a unique partnership between the British Museum, the BBC and museums across the UK.

It celebrates objects which have a story to tell.

After all, even the most ordinary things can have the most extraordinary stories.

A history of the World website [external link]

Age of Revolution

To mark 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo, a legacy project was established to highlight collections and stories from the revolutionary period of 1775-1848.

The development of the Stockton and Darlington Railway falls within this period, and we were invited to take part. Locomotion No 1 is featured in ‘A Revolutionary Collection’, and the museum is included in the list of venues. [external link]

Westbrook Villas

In September 2012 the museum began work with the residents of Westbrook Villas on a project to help people to find out more about this unique hidden gem in Darlington.

Students from the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form are working with the residents and the museum to create outdoor artworks about the history of the area.

The artworks will then be situated around Westbrook.

As well as artworks, the residents are creating guided walks, and ways to help visitors find out more about the area.

Wool Town

From January to March 2012 the museum worked with artist Becky Sunter, and lots of local knitters to design and make a 3D knitted map of Darlington.

Darlington has always had strong links with the textile industry, from Pease’s Mill to Patons and Baldwins.

Several of the knitters had worked at Patons.

The group chose the buildings in Darlington they wanted to make, and Becky translated them into knitting patterns.

As well as experienced knitters, we had people who could do the basics, and some who couldn’t knit at all. Knitting sessions took place at Head of Steam, and at Crown Street Library.

The finished artwork was on display at the Centre for Local Studies and was on display at Head of Steam until March 2013.

The project was very popular and featured in a national knitting magazine called ‘Simply Knitting’!