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Historic Week In Stewart Park

  Thursday and Friday will see a couple of big historic events in Middlesbrough's Stewart Park. On Thursday evening Phil Philo will make his final talk in a series on the life of James Cook and then on Friday afternoon there will be an event marking the 150th anniversary of the Bolckow Buildings in Stewart Park. Captain Cook’s visit to Canada’s west coast is the subject of ....


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Official Opening Of Christopher Dresser Exhibition

The world’s largest exhibition of the work of ‘father of modern design’ Christopher Dresser will be unveiled at the Dorman Museum this week. Hundreds of exhibits detailing the designer’s life and work will go on display at the Middlesbrough attraction from Friday, July 4, following months of preparations by staff and volunteers. The permanent exhibition is the focal ....


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Christopher Dresser Campaign Begins At Dorman Museum

A campaign to bring the story of 19th Century design genius Christopher Dresser into popular Middlesbrough culture is being launched at Dorman Museum. A new permanent exhibition of the work of Dresser – the founder of Linthorpe Art Pottery - is due to open at the Linthorpe Road attraction next month. The exhibition – featuring hundreds of pieces - will be the focal point of a ....


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Heritage Project Reveals Unique Rio Bridge Pics

Juninho and Albert Adomah won’t be the only prominent Teesside links on show as the World Cup kicks off this week. Researchers on the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project have uncovered hundreds of images at Teesside Archives of the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, built by Cleveland Bridge and Redpath Dorman Long and one of Host City ....


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Tees Newport Bridge Talk Today

Recently unearthed photos, film footage and written records will be used to illustrate a talk about the Tees Newport Bridge this afternoon at 2.30pm at Teesside Archives. Tosh Warwick takes a break from his day job as Tees Transporter Bridge Education, Learning and Events Officer to explore the history of Middlesbrough’s second iconic bridge, the Newport Bridge. Celebrating its 80th ....


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Gigantic Statues And Captain Cook’s Visit To Easter Island

The giant statues of Easter Island are the subject of a talk tomorrow at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Senior Curator Phil Philo’s illustrated talk Those Gigantic Statues: Captain Cook’s Visit to Easter Island, 1774 takes place on Thursday, May 22 in association with The Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers. The event ....


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Is War Good For The Health? Local History Talk

Leading historian Professor Barry Doyle returns to Middlesbrough this week to present a talk on health in the town during the First World War in one of the highlights of Middlesbrough Local History Month. Having spent several years at Teesside University before moving to the University of Huddersfield in 2008, Doyle returns to the town to present a talk entitled ‘Is War Good for the ....


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Full House At Teesside Archives For Historian’s Talk On Middlesbrough’s Political Women

History enthusiasts and students have been given an insight into Middlesbrough’s early twentieth century political women as part of Local History Month. Lewis Young, a PhD history researcher at Teesside University, gave a fascinating talk at Teesside Archives into the political activities of women from 1900-1934 in the town. The lecture focused on early Labour councillors Marion Coates ....


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Transporter Bridge Project Unveils Unique Pictures Of Tyne Landmarks

Unique construction photographs of a number of the River Tyne’s landmark bridges have been uncovered by researchers working on the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project. Photographs and historical documents relating to the King Edward VII, Metro and Tyne Bridges are just some of the highlights in Teesside Archives’ ....


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Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre Opening

The Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre will reopen its doors for four days this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (Fri-Mon 9:30-3:30) offering members of the public a sneak preview of the new ‘Bridging the World’ Exhibition. The ‘Bridging the World’ Exhibition, part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, celebrates ....


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Bridgemaster To Tell Story Of Transporter Bridge

A talk entitled The Tees Transporter Bridge through time will be given this week at the Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet in Middlesbrough. The free event will take place on Thursday, April 10, from 12.30pm, as part of the ongoing ‘The Green One and The Blue One’ Exhibiton at the Cargo Fleet Offices. Long-serving bridge-master Alan Murray will provide a fascinating insight into the ....


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Calling All Sons And Daughters Of The Tees Transporter

Local author Helen Cox is calling for stories and memories about the Tees Transporter Bridge for her upcoming book on what is arguably the area’s most beloved landmark. Helen explains: “This book is about more than facts and figures, it’s about what the bridge means on a social and cultural level. The students who live in and visit the town make up a large percentage of ....


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Bare Bones At Dorman Museum

There is an exciting new temporary display in the H20 Gallery at the Dorman Museum. North East-based touring exhibition company Blue Tokay Ltd has loaned the museum two displays from their "Bare Bones" exhibition which looks at the anatomy of animals in a very unusual way. Bare Bones Dorman Museum 4th April - 20th July 2014 Unlike many other natural history exhibitions, Bare ....


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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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