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Local History Month - Triumph Out Of Adversity

  Middlesbrough\'s ‘virtual\' Local History Month has been heralded as the most popularly followed in its decade-long existence reaching more than 15,000 people. The event, which was held throughout May was planned to be the first to link in with a new Stockton Local History Month. Unfortunately when the Coronavirus lockdown occurred the event, like so many others was faced ....

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King Or Parliament – The Battle For The North 1644.

  Historical Novelist Mark Turnbull takes us back to 1644, when the north east was torn apart by Civil War. He describes the events leading up to a major day-long engagement as opposing armies clashed in bloody conflict just to the north of Sunderland. By March 1644 the English Civil War was in full swing and the Scottish army, commanded by the Earl of Leven, had crossed the border in ....

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Welcome To William Lane Foundry

  Established in 1862, in Stockton initially before shifting over the river to Middlesbrough in 1895. William Lane is the oldest working Middlesbrough foundry and the sole survivor in the famous Ironmasters district that was once bursting with the fire, smoke and noise of furnaces. Director Stuart Duffy has just nipped out on his bike cycling down the river in his lunch break so ....

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Local History Month

  All of May is the Local and Community History month across the UK! It’s an opportunity for everyone to look around them and to explore their local history. There were plans for a programme of talks, discussions and guided tours celebrating the local history of Middlesbrough and for the first time in Stockton on Tees. However, this has had to be abandoned, due to ....

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Heritage Day To Mark Winter Garden-inspired Leisure

The heritage and history of leisure and recreation across the centuries is to be explored as part of a collaboration between Creative Factory, Heritage Unlocked and Middlesbrough Town Hall. The ‘Leisure and Recreation History and Heritage Day\', taking place in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Tuesday, October 22, forms part of this year\'s Discover Middlesbrough programme. Organisers ....

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History Talk Looks Back At Stewart Park Celebrations Through Time

  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. ....

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Sir Hugh’s Portrait To Be Displayed At Science Museum

A portrait of a renowned former Mayor of Middlesbrough is now proudly on display in the nation’s Science Museum. Middlesbrough Council was approached by the Science Museum, in London, in August 2018 to ask if the authority had a portrait of Sir Hugh Bell as they wanted to set up a visual history of people who had been involved in the museum. As well as being Mayor of Middlesbrough on ....

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Lost Streets Brought Back To Life By Historic Foundry

Long lost streets are to be brought back to life thanks to an initiative by Middlesbrough’s William Lane Foundry, which dates back to 1862 and the area’s Victorian heyday. Staff at the historic foundry have commenced the casting and sale of street signs commemorating the area’s lost streets as part of the firm’s latest history-inspired initiative. The new street signs ....

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Avenue Of Trees Gate Restoration Moves Forward

  Ornate iron gates are once again to stand proudly at the entrance of Middlesbrough’s historic Avenue of Trees. The site, which leads from Acklam Road to Acklam Hall, will see the restoration work carried out thanks to a bequest from Alan Hunter to Acklam 2020, the late treasurer of this community group. The original gates were removed as part of the Second World War effort ....

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Runners In Voyage Of Discovery To Mark Cook Anniversary

Parkrunners will embark on their own voyage of discovery on Saturday (August 25) as they help celebrate a special anniversary. This weekend marks 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail on board the Endeavour on his first voyage of discovery. The weekly Parkrun at Stewart Park starts outside the Captain Cook Birthplace museum, and for this week’s event runners have been invited to ....

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Captain Cook 250th Anniversary Celebrations

  The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has dedicated its events programme from July until October to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyages on board the HM Bark Endeavour. The Marton-born explorer discovered and charted New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef during his travels around the globe in the 18th century. July events at the Cook Museum have been ....

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Cook Museum Named Finalist In Ne Culture Awards

  One of the region’s best loved museums and one of the jewels in Middlesbrough’s crown has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum made the top three in the Museum of the Year category in the Journal North East Culture Awards. The latest addition to the Museum’s trophy cabinet follows a major overhaul of the popular venue in ....

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Cook Birthplace Museum Walk And Award?

  Come and join me tomorrow morning on a walk of discovery at Marton to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook embarking on his first great voyage of discovery and it is also the Birthplace Museum’s 40th birthday. Join Jenny Philips, Gill Moore and Rob (me) at the museum to learn more about the history of the lost village of East Marton. There will be a short and steady stroll around the ....

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New Film Explores Winter Garden ‘social Experiment’

The heritage of one of early 20th century Middlesbrough’s most important institutions has been explored in a new short film. The Winter Wonder – The Middlesbrough Winter Garden resulted from a collaboration between Teesside University students and Middlesbrough Council. Students Joe Sherry, Daniel Broomes and Michael Fleming carried out research into the history of the Winter Garden ....

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Museum Magic Brought To Life In The Classroom

Budding young curators have been recreating the magic of a Middlesbrough Museum in their own classroom. And this week they will be staging a special exhibition of their own for family and friends. The Year 3 and 4 students from Sacred Heart RC Primary School have spent the last term studying at the works of Christopher Dresser at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum. They have visited the ....

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Transporter Bridge Teesside At Night Tours On Offer As Part Of Discover Middlesbrough

Teesside’s most iconic landmark will open up for night time tours as part of this year’s Discover Middlesbrough Festival this Friday (October 27, 6pm-10pm). The tours, sponsored by SABIC, will take visitors to the top of the Bridge’s 160ft high walkway via the recently installed glass lift to provide a unique experience of Teesside at night.  As well as trips to the top ....

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Fireworks And Auld Lang Syne At Archives - Tomorrow

Discover the History of Middlesbrough’s Winter Celebrations at Archives tomorrow and be prepared for a few surprises as Dr Ben Roberts reveals how we celebrated Winter events in the past in our town, Winter is coming to Teesside Archives this Monday (October 23) as part of this year’s Discover Middlesbrough Festival.  The free to attend talk Winter Celebrations in ....

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Hidden Valleys Archaeology Opportunities

The Hidden Valleys Community Project (HVCP), supported by Middlesbrough Council’s Museums Service, has launched the first of its many tasks to unlock the archaeological and historical secrets of some North York Moors communities. Launched at Kildale Village Hall in March 2017, the Project, headed by founder and well-known amateur archaeologist Roger Inman, has started its work on ....

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Take Stewart Park Hard Hat Tours

Friday is hard hat tour day in the old estate buildings at Stewart Park and this Saturday you will be able to take a tour around the historic buildings as part of the Cleveland Show. All for free. Following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application, the Grade 2 listed building known as the Central Lodge is currently being refurbished and will reopen as Askham Bryan College’s ....

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Eliza Eyes The Prize In Cook Competition

Exotic exhibits at one of the region’s best loved museum have a new addition thanks to a school pupil’s vivid imagination. Schools from across the region were invited to take part in a competition ahead of the launch of a new exhibition at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. The popular family attraction re-opens this week following a £500,000 refurbishment programme. The ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ exhibition features a dazzling array of ....

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Putting Ladies On A Pedestal

Local historian Martin Peagam will talk about women associated with Middlesbrough who should perhaps be ‘placed on a pedestal’, as part of Middlesbrough Local History Month. Former Middlesbrough MP, Ellen Wilkinson, was recently selected by public vote to occupy the “eighth plinth” in Middlesbrough. Famed for the Jarrow March and nicknamed Red Ellen, the Labour MP was ....

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Down To The Bare Bones: Hands-on Archaeology

Get hands-on with anthropology and archaeology as part of Middlesbrough’s ever-growing Local History Month. Down to the Bare Bones - Hands-on Anthropology and Archaeology takes place at Middlesbrough Central Library on Monday, May 22. The one-day workshop features a series of talks and hands-on activities detailing anthropological and archaeological practices and current advances ....

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Bottle Of Notes Lit Up For International Women’s Day

Middlesbrough’s Bottle of Notes will be lit up in purple, white and green to mark International Women’s Day (IWD). An event will take place at the Centre Square feature this evening, March 8, from 5pm-9pm. The colours the bottle will be lit up in are those used by the Women’s Social and Political Union, which was led by Emmeline Pankhurst and was one of the leading groups in the suffrage movement. Recently the iconic town centre structure was lit up in red to ....

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Tokyo To The Tees - Middlesbrough\'s Forgotten Japanese Link

  Did you know that during the 1920s a significant Japanese community existed in Middlesbrough? A number of boarding houses sprang up in the Marton Road area to provide accommodation for Japanese sailors visiting the town. Many of them married local women, settled in the area and raised families. As part of a major exhibition opening at the Dorman Museum next summer, researchers are hoping to track down the descendants of these original settlers. Tokyo to the Tees will ....

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Multi-million Pound Town Hall Project Reaches Next Stage

Middlesbrough Town Hall’s major multi-million pound renovation works are heading into the next phase. As previously announced the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a £3.7m grant to help restore the iconic Grade II* listed building back to its full 19th Century glory. Over recent months the grand old building has been subject to extensive safe asbestos removals prior to ....

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