‘Time for Change!’ at Darlington Railway Museum
3rd October 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Time for Change! is a new exhibition at Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum. Looking at the lives of Quakers who fought against the transatlantic slave trade, reformed mental health care and became conscientious objectors in the First World War.
The exhibition has been produced in conjunction with the Quaker Meeting House in Darlington, featuring original objects from their collection alongside original Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels from the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal.
The Darlington Society of Friends have held their meetings in Skinnergate since 1678, and they are best known for being railway pioneers, colliery owners and philanthropists. The Quakers created many charities and are responsible for building recreational spaces across the town for the people such as South Park and Crown Street Public Library.
In this exhibition we highlight four Quaker individuals who have contributed to lifechanging events, battled for equality, understanding and truth. Many of these subjects are still relevant to us today.
Local artist Sarah Oatley worked with the local community to create brand new tapestries, celebrating individuality and unique stories. Completed tapestries will be on display alongside the exhibition. The exhibition and community work have been supported by Tees Valley Museums.
Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum is located on the original 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The world’s first steam-worked public railway. The Museum is devoted to the area formerly served by the North Eastern railway, with particular reference to the Stockton and Darlington Railway, and the railway industry of Darlington.
The ‘Time for Change!’ exhibition is included in admission and annual passes.