History Talk Looks Back at Stewart Park Celebrations Through Time
By One Giant Leap
Thursday 02 May 2019 12:18:00
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From ironmaster's banquets to One Big Weekend: Historian Tosh Warwick looks back at Stewart Park celebrations through time.

This Saturday, May 4th (1:30pm) at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum historian Dr Tosh Warwick will look back to 1975 and beyond as he discusses the history of celebrations, concerts and festivals in Stewart Park as part of Middlesbrough Local History Month.

opening of stewart park

Stewart Park wallerbiesAs Stewart Park looks forward to hosting BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, a three-day event later this month which will see tens of thousands flock to Middlesbrough to see the likes of Miley Cyrus and Mumford and Sons perform, the talk will look back at the history of events in the park over the decades.

The talk will feature a wide range of topics including foals alongside wallabies at the Cleveland Show, alarm, wrecking balls and recovery after Marton Hall’s fire, as well as a look back to Victorian glory days when the land formed part of ironmaster Henry Bolckow’s estate.

Dr Tosh Warwick, a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “The talk will bring together a little mix of history and popular culture to celebrate Stewart Park’s heritage and DNA. In doing so, it will reveal the many uses of the space over the years and illustrate the real love the people of Middlesbrough have shown for Stewart Park”.

Stewart Park school children

Entry is £3 inclusive of refreshments and biscuits and is payable on the door.  More information on Middlesbrough Local History Month can be found here.

Stewart Radio One 

Photo 1: The Dormand Stewart's, donors of Stewart Park pictured at the Official Opening in 1928 (Middlesbrough Libraries)

Photo 2: Wallabies at Stewart Park (Teesside Gazette)

Photo 3: Local schoolchildren dancing at Stewart Park, 1966 (Middlesbrough Libraries)

Photo 4: Radio 1 Roadshow, Bank holiday Monday in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, 25th May 1992 (Teesside Gazette)

Top Photo: Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice performs at Stewart Park (Teesside Gazette)

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