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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Reopens

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum will be re-opening next Tuesday (on 1st April 2014) for the Summer Season. The recently re-vamped, vibrant displays take you on a journey exploring Cook’s early life in Marton through to his three epic Voyages of Discovery. New for this season is the exhibition “Learning the Ropes: Painting a portrait of Captain Cook and his Young ....

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Town Hall Marks 125 Years At The Heart Of Middlesbrough

  Middlesbrough's iconic Town Hall celebrates a major anniversary today – and 2014 looks set to be a bumper year at the box office. The popular venue marks its 125th birthday today and looks set to carry on drawing crowds for many decades to come. The stunning Grade II* Town Hall and Municipal Buildings were officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on January 23, ....

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Time Capsule To Mark Middlehaven’s Pioneering Future

Middlesbrough’s past and present are to be captured at a site that is already paving the way for the town’s future. And local people have until Monday, January 27 to put forward their ideas for inclusion in a time capsule at Middlehaven. The Urban Pioneers project which will shape future development at the historic site was formally launched in November by Middlesbrough Council ....

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Exclusive Dresser Merchandise On Sale At The Dorman

A flagship Middlesbrough museum has a new collection of merchandise on sale based on one of its key collections. Visitors to the Dorman Museum can now enjoy the glorious work of 19th century design genius Christopher Dresser through a new range of souvenirs and gift items. The Dorman is currently developing a major new gallery to house its stunning collection of decorative art material ....

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Prestigious Annual Lecture To Be Held At Dorman Museum

The 2013 Elgee Memorial Lecture takes place at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum on Saturday, December 7. The annual event is held to mark the achievements of archaeologist, geologist, naturalist and former Dorman Museum Curator Frank Elgee (1880-1944). This year’s Lecture is being organised by Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society. The Society’s Chairman, Barry Harrison, well-known researcher and author on the history of the region, will be giving an illustrated ....

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Kirkleatham Walks - Today At One

  Guided walk around the historic buildings of Kirkleatham this afternoon at 1pm taking in the architecture, heritage and history of this scenic village. Stewart Ramsdale of the Tees Heritage Trust will guide us round the Listed buildings of this Conservation Area. You will probably be surprised at just how many listed buildings there are for a village and also of the importance of many of ....

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Transporter Closed Until Spring As Upgrade Enters Final Stages

  The Tees Transporter Bridge will remain closed until Spring 2014 to allow completion of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported works that will transform the landmark into a top tourist attraction. The closure will also enable the ongoing repainting of the structure to continue, which has been extended due to the need for a higher than anticipated amount of preparation work. ....

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Discover The Delights Of Heritage Lottery Fund Winners Fairy Dell Tomorrow

Explore one of Middlesbrough’s most popular open spaces on guided tours tomorrow morning at Fairy Dell. The beautiful wooded valley that lies between Marton and Coulby Newham has won important Lottery funding to help develop an exciting footpath initiative and archaeological dig. You can get a guided tour of the history and nature at 11am tomorrow as part of Discover ....

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Cook, The Maori And The Grass Cove Massacre

The macabre story of a massacre that took place 240 years ago is the subject of a fascinating talk this week at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Cook, the Maori and the Grass Cove Massacre 1773 is part of the 2013 Discover Middlesbrough Festival and takes place in the build-up to the annual Captain Cook Society Conference on Saturday (October 26). Senior Curator Phil ....

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Youngsters Cut Cake To Celebrate Transporter Bridge’s 102nd Birthday

Celebrations to mark the Tees Transporter Bridge’s 102nd birthday took place on Thursday as part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival.  The landmark’s birthday was marked by a well-attended lecture at Teesside Archives on ‘The Tees Transporter Bridge Through Time’ by historian Tosh Warwick, the Bridge’s Education, Learning and Events Officer.    ....

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Transporter Birthday Venue Change Due To On-going Works

  Celebrations to mark the Tees Transporter Bridge’s 102nd birthday are changing venue due to the on-going programme of renovation works. The 102nd Birthday Event - supported by the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project – was due to take place in the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre on Thursday, October 17 as part of Discover ....

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Bmx Riders Going Back To The Future On Teesside Tour

  Teesside's very own BMX Bandits are hitting the road again at the weekend to promote their sport. The BMX revival continues following the sport’s inclusion in the London Olympics, and there’s plenty on offer in Middlesbrough for newcomers and returning riders alike. Local riders are hoping to recreate the heady days of the 1980s when the area was home to numerous BMX tracks. Last September a group of enthusiasts relived the sport’s heyday by undertaking a tour of ....

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Explore The Fascinating Heritage Of Linthorpe

  The history of a Middlesbrough suburb will be revealed in a fascinating exploration of the area’s heritage. The town’s Dorman Museum is holding a one-off Linthorpe Day on Friday, September 6. A series of presentations will look into the heritage of Linthorpe throughout the day. Things will kick off at 10am with a welcome followed by Bricks, Bricks, Bricks: The ....

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Lindisfarne Gospels At The Transporter Bridge

A giant piece of art has been installed on the gondola of the Transporter Bridge to mark the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East. The unique work has been created by internationally renowned artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman and is the first of five original installations to be on show to mark the Gospels’ stay in the region throughout August and September while on ....

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Historic Routemaster Bus Visits Transporter Bridge

Teesside’s Transporter Bridge was visited by a piece of transport history as part of a nationwide tour exploring places of historic interest.  The RM2208 ‘Rocky the Routemaster’ model, which served a number of Britain’s major cities from the 1960s into the 1990s, crossed the River Tees on the bridge’s gondola as part of Reading Transport Enthusiasts’ ....

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Take A Beck-ward Step And Go On A Historical Hike

The Boro Becks Project has launched a new walk leaflet to guide people around some of Middlesbrough’s most historic sites. The trail follows a five-mile circular route along Ormesby and Middle Becks, linking the beautiful landscapes of Ormesby Hall and Stewart Park. Community Outreach Officer Chris Corbett said: “The route takes you past a range of buildings, some dating back several hundred years. “The historic information in the leaflet brings these places and the ....

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Meccano Exhibition Comes To The Transporter Bridge This Weekend

  Teesside's very own giant Meccano-like structure, the landmark Tees Transporter Bridge, plays host to a North East Meccano Society (NEMS) Exhibition this Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21) in the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre. The Exhibition will include a 6ft working model of the Transporter Bridge and another of the now demolished Runcorn-Widnes Transporter Bridge, while there ....

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Dungeon Masters Needed To Help Run Dorman Exhibition

  Volunteer ‘dungeon masters’ are needed to help with a grisly new exhibition at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum. Instruments of Medieval Torture runs from Saturday, June 15 to Tuesday, December 31. The exhibition explores the horrors inflicted in the name of justice, and features replicas of more than 50 torture methods based on objects amassed by private collectors and historians across Europe. These include notorious devices such as the interrogation seat, the ....

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Discover Normanby On Foot In Local History Month

Celebrate Local History Month with the Boro Becks team on a fascinating tour of Normanby led by members of the Normanby Local History Group.  Community Outreach Officer Chris Corbett said: “Normanby has a long and intriguing history and this guided walk with local experts will bring this history to life.” The walk takes place on Thursday, May 16 and starts at the Thorntree Park Pavilion at 9.30am. For car users, meet at the Stewart Park car park at 9am for the minibus to ....

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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Reopens With Celebration

  The spring re-opening of Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is being marked with a family celebration day. The museum in the town’s historic Stewart Park formally opens for the 2013 season on Good Friday (March 29), with the special event taking place on Monday, April 1. Entitled ‘New Adventures More Discoveries’, the family day runs from 10am to ....

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Youngsters Explore Berwick Hills Viking Heritage

  Young people have been taking a step back in time and exploring the area’s rich Viking heritage. Members of the Junior Ormesby Beck Friendship Group have been learning all about the past of Ormesby Beck by helping with Viking-themed community arts projects to improve the area. Orme is a Viking word meaning dragon or serpent, and new artworks installed along improved paths ....

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National Accolade For Leading Stewart Park Apprentice

An apprentice at a historic Middlesbrough park has been recognised at the finals of a national competition. Caspar Scallen was narrowly pipped to the top spot in the Horticulture Apprentice of the Year Award 2012. The 23-year-old Stewart Park apprentice was one of five national finalists chosen from entries from more than 40 local authorities in the awards run by the Association for Public ....

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Boro Becks Team Celebrates Discover Middlesbrough

Join the Boro Becks team to celebrate the Discover Middlesbrough’s theme of Great Achievements on a guided walk. The eight-mile walk is on Thursday, September 20 and starts at Thorntree Park, following the Tees Link path up Spencer Beck to Flatts Lane from where archaeologist Steve Sherlock will guide the group around some of the remains of the ironstone mines which built modern Middlesbrough. Community Outreach Officer Chris Corbett said: “This walk promises to be a real ....

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Creative Writing & Research Workshops: Writing From History

Teesside writers and experts in creative education Andy Willoughby & Bob Beagrie, of Ek Zuban Literature Development, in association with Stockton Library Service, will run two practical writing workshops in Stockton Central Reference Library, looking at how writers use archive photographs and historical documents to create poetry, fiction and scripts. Workshop 1: Saturday 3rd December, ....

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School Brightens Up Transporter For Birthday

Youngsters from High Clarence Primary School have taken the centenary celebrations for the Tees Transporter Bridge to their hearts.   With help and advice from Stockton Council’s Care For Your Area team, children from Years 2 and 3 at the school will be planting floral tubs on today (7 October) in a special ceremony with the Deputy Mayoress of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, as ....

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