By Angus Hoy
Wednesday 12 Oct 2016 16:11:00
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A popular part of Middlesbrough’s history is being celebrated at the Dorman Museum – and members of the public are being asked for their memories.

Middlesbrough-based artist Neil Hamilton’s nostalgic pastel image of Gilkes Street Baths is the centrepiece of a new display at the popular museum as part of Discover Middlesbrough (October 14-31) and beyond.

Neil’s evocative work is being joined by some of the fond memories the picture has brought back for the many Middlesbrough people who used the Baths.

Neil has collected many recollections of going to the Baths with friends, meeting new friends, remembering the slipper baths and, on the way home, calling in at some of Boro’s long-gone shops, and the display of his picture alongside these memories, serves to trigger further responses from visitors.

If you have any memories of Gilkes Street Baths please share them by simply filling out a slip of paper and posting it/handing it in at reception.

Reminiscences will then be added to the wall of comments surrounding Neil’s picture.

Comments received over the last few days include:

"In 1958 at the schools gala I came third in the one length breaststroke. I was 12 years old at the time. I learned to swim six months before in the 25 yard pool. I went to the baths every Saturday morning." MG

"Swimming lessons. How big the stairs were to the new pool and how old the smaller pool was, and the cockroaches!" Anon

Senior Museums Curator Phil Philo said: “Gilkes Street Baths are an important part of Middlesbrough’s folk memory, and will be fondly remembered by people going back over many decades.

“Neil’s picture has already triggered some fascinating recollections and we’d love people to keep adding to the display with their own memories.”

The Gilkes Street Baths exhibition at the Dorman runs until December 31.

For further details contact Senior Museums Curator Phil Philo at or call 01642 358101.

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