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Explorer sheets

To help your class to explore the museum on self guided visits, we have two explorer sheets to help, with a range of activities around the museum.

One sheet is aimed at KS1 and the other is aimed at KS2.

Exploring Changes in the Local Area

Explore the local area around the Museum to discover more about railway history.

With funding from the Ken Hoole Trust we have created a walking trail with activities to encourage children to look for changes in the local area. The trail starts and finishes at the Museum and would work well with other activities on a visit.

There are also Teacher's Notes about railway and local history, curriculum links and organising the walk.

North East Railways In World War One

Thanks go to The Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the production of this resource with their grant funding, as part of the North East Railways in World War One project at Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum.

This resource is intended for use in Key Stage 3 to support learning about the First World War, although some of the sources could be used by Key Stage 2 groups with additional support.

The resource uses excerpts from primary sources held by the Museum to present case studies about employees of the North Eastern Railway during the early years of the 20th Century.

Pupils will discover the different experiences that people had during World War One by focusing on the actions of employees of the North Eastern Railway (NER), and in doing so will develop skills through inquiry based learning;

  • To be able to interpret a variety of original sources
  • In using this evidence to synthesise a ‘story’ about an individual
  • Make inferences using this evidence
  • Make suggestions about other sources for further research.

There are three parts to the resource

Railway Heritage Trail

Explore Darlington's Railway Heritage with this trail for children around the town centre and to the museum.

There is a pack for teachers with details of how the trail can be used in the classroom.

There is also an extra activity sheet for Bank Top Station (Darlington Station on the East Coast main line).

Please contact the Station Manager if you would like to visit, as ticket barriers are now in place.

North Lodge Park

In 2010, the bandstand in North Lodge Park, Darlington, was renovated, and a programme of activities and events to celebrate the work is continuing.

As part of the project, we have created a learning resource with a variety of inspiring learning activities for schools and other educators.

The project was funded by

  • The Big Lottery Fund
  • The County Durham Foundation
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Fair Share
  • Garfield Weston
  • Friends of North Lodge Park

North Lodge Park learning resource [pdf document]

Loan Boxes

Loan boxes are available for schools and other learning organisations to borrow

Boxes available:

  • Seaside Holidays
  • Victorian Toys
  • 'The Opening Day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway' - based around the painting on display in the museum
  • Portraits
  • WW1 in the Tees Valley - 'A Soldier's Life' and 'Home Front' (2 boxes)
  • North East Railways in WW1