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Transporter Exhibition Opens At The Dorman

AN EXHIBITION marking 100 years of the Tees Transporter Bridge has opened at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum.  The centenary exhibition features original material from the museum’s own collection of Transporter-related objects, artwork and archive photographs, and costumes representing the styles and fashions of the past century.  The Dorman’s archive collection of ....


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Stockton Town House Open Day

Last weekend thousands of doors were unlocked to churches, country houses and council offices normally out of bounds to the public. The Heritage Open days are now an annual affair when there is a celebration of the culture and rich historical heritage by welcoming the public into the private gems of this country.   On Sunday afternoon I joined a group of Teessiders marching with the ....


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Costume In Th Age Of Captain Cook

For one night only as part of Middlesbrough Fashion Week, join us as we travel back in time and bring alive the clothing and fashions of 18th century Britain and the Pacific Ocean. This evening at Middlesbrough's reference library, 7.30pm is a fashion display of "Costume in the age of Captain Cook." Costumes have been researched and created by students from Hartlepool's Cleveland College of Art ....


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What Have The Normans Ever Done For Us?

They get a bad press do the Normans. The current BBC series is trying to even things up a bit but the fact remains they did totally knack the Anglo-Saxons or should that be English and ruled over them in a strange foreign tongue that sounds fairly French from where I’m sitting. Yes but were they all that bad? And did they make any contributions around our neck of the woods?.. you know stuff ....


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Discovering Roman Durham

Imagine having a Roman Fort all to yourself. Free to wander through the remains of a Commanding officers house before moving through the warm, hot and cold rooms of the adjoining bath house. Last (Bank Holiday) Sunday I was in the lucky position of being able to visit Binchester Roman fort completely on my own. Totally brilliant.   It only costs £2.50 to explore the best preserved ....


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Local Mp Hopes To Make Darwin Day A Bank Holiday

A local MP has put forward an early day motion to make Darwin Day a bank holiday in the UK.   Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland put forward the motion last month, which currently has 65 MPs from all parties supporting it. However, most of the MPs come from the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties.   Darwin Day celebrates the achievements of Charles Darwin, ....


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A Day On The Hollow Mountain

It was raining and cold so it must have been the summer of 2008. Maybe not the ideal day to go up into the hills. Then again if you are trying to glean even a glimpse of understanding of the spirit needed and hardship endured by the men that hacked the ironstone from this hollow mountain then it is probably ideal.   Actually the sun was shining when 30 or so of us assembled at Base Camp, ....


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The Romans Are Coming

It was about five years ago that archaeologist Steve Sherlock first started digging at a site high up above Loftus cliffs as research for his phd. Helped by a band of enthusiastic volunteers over the course of a month each summer Steve has uncovered a fascinating snapshot or three into the history and pre history of this part of Redcar and Cleveland. Some of the finds have been of national and ....


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