Soldiers’ exhibition to go online

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AN EXHIBITION which reveals the experiences of North East soldiers serving in Afghanistan is to move online.

Courageous Restraint at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery will close on Sunday, June 29, to make way for a temporary First World War exhibition on loan from the National Army Museum.

Visitors are being urged to see the display, which captures the experiences of men and women from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, before it closes. But after that, they will still be able to listen to oral histories from the exhibition and view exhibits online, with more items due to be added later this year.

Courageous Restraint reflects the experiences of troops who served in Afghanistan between October 2009 and April 2010, making links to the DLI’s involvement in the country and on the north west frontier during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Rifles’ mission in Afghanistan was to maintain control of the fertile upper Helmand valley around the town of Sangin and the strategically important Kajaki Dam.

The Rifles are the successors of the DLI, who were formed in 1758 but amalgamated into the Light Infantry in 1968.

Almost four decades later, in 2007, the Light Infantry became the Rifles, with 3rd Battalion in particular recruiting from the North East.