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Beacon To Be Lit To Celebrate Queen’s Birthday

    Middlesbrough will today light a beacon in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. An event will take place at the Cenotaph on Linthorpe Road at 7pm on Thursday, April 21. A blessing will be given at 7.15pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available on arrival and everyone is welcome to attend. The event coincides with the lighting of beacons taking place throughout the United Kingdom. The Queen, accompanied ....

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April And May Talks And Events At Cook Birthplace Museum

There are several talks and events planned over the next two months at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough. Friday, April 15, 2-3pm Captain Cook’s Merchant Ships by Stephen Baines - talk and book signing Discover the fascinating story of Cook’s ships, especially the four Whitby-built vessels that sailed on his three great voyages of ....

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Go Walkabout With The Cook Birthplace Museum This Easter

Visitors are in for double the fun this Easter with not one but two exhibitions at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Walkabout: Australian Aboriginal Life and Legend explores and celebrates the vibrant culture of ancient Australian Aboriginal society. On display are objects from Middlesbrough Museums Service’s own impressive, but rarely seen, collection of Aboriginal artefacts. The ....

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Go Walkabout When The Cook Birthplace Museum Re-opens

Visitors are in for double the fun when the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum reopens later this month with not one but two exhibitions. Due to its popularity, Pacific Predators has been extended for a second year, giving visitors another chance to glimpse the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean and learn more about the predators lurking there. The exhibition illustrates the world ....

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Highest French Honour For Middlesbrough War Hero

A Middlesbrough war hero is to receive France’s highest honour at a special ceremony in his home town. Ron Tucker was this week presented with the Légion d’Honneur by Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd at a ceremony in the Town Hall. The order of the Légion d’Honneur was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and represents the highest decoration ....

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Holocaust Memorial Tonight At Hebrew Prayer House

  A local historian will tonight (Wednesday, January 27) give a special presentation as part of Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. Ian Stubbs will host the event at the Hebrew Prayer House in Linthorpe Cemetery on Ayresome Green Lane in Middlesbrough. The presentation will begin at 7pm and will discuss members of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation buried or commemorated in ....

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Prestigious Annual Lecture At Dorman Museum

The annual Elgee Memorial Lecture takes place at the Dorman Museum on Saturday, December 5 from 10am.  This year’s subject is ‘The Rise and Fall of the Late Iron Age Royal Centre at Stanwick’ by Colin Haselgrove, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leicester.  Prof Haselgrove will give an illustrated talk about the enormous earthwork complex near Darlington, the largest continuous prehistoric fortification in Britain and comparable to some of the most ....

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Newport Day Puts Historic Area In The Spotlight

The history and heritage of Newport are to be explored at an event next month at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum. From its beginnings as an area of forest on the edge of the Tees, to the site of the Hustler family granary and Newport Iron Works, it is today most famous for being the location of the iconic Newport Bridge. Attendees at the free study day on Friday, September 4 can look forward to learning about the early development of Newport, the Newport ferry, childhood in the area ....

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Improvements For Historic Quarter Targeted

A scheme to improve Middlesbrough’s historic town centre heart has been given approval to bid for funding. The proposed public realm works in the town’s Historic Quarter Conservation Area would cost in the region of £1.5m, initial analysis suggests, and would improve the environmental and economic prospects of the area. Middlesbrough Council’s Executive has given the green light to the submission of a Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for ....

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Transporter Lecture On Victorian And Edwardian Celebrations

The latest in a series of heritage lectures will explore how our ancestors celebrated the opening of some of Middlesbrough’s best known landmarks. The popular Tees Transporter Bridge Lunchtime Lecture Series will continue on Wednesday, July 29 with a talk by Teesside University historian Dr Ben Roberts. He will deliver the second talk in the quarterly series that forms part of the ....

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Civil War Conference At The Dorman

A conference to introduce people to the impact of the English Civil War on the local area will take place at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum next week. The English Civil War on Teesside: An Introduction is an ideal opportunity to learn more about this rarely-discussed conflict from experts who study it. Talks will include an overview of the English Civil War in the North East, costume and equipment of the time, and 17th Century locations on Teesside, with speakers from Tees Archaeology, ....

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Mackenzie Thorpe To Unveil New Transporter Visitor Experience

Celebrated Middlesbrough-born artist Mackenzie Thorpe is to officially unveil the new Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience.  The event on Friday, June 19 marks the opening to the public of the new glass viewing lift which forms part of the most extensive enhancements in the history of Teesside’s most iconic landmark. The developments have also ....

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Service Marks Great War Fallen In Linthorpe Cemetery

Those who died in the First World War and are buried at a Middlesbrough cemetery will be remembered at a special service next month. The ceremony at Linthorpe Ceremony on Saturday, June 6 will see the consecration of a roll of honour commemorating the WW1 service personnel laid to rest at the graveyard. The service has been arranged by the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve and will be conducted by the Rev Tessa Stephens. Also attending the service will be a bugler and ....

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Pint Of Science – Un Civil War:down To The Bare Bones

  International festival Pint of Science has arrived in the north east and Middlesbrough for the first time ever this week. Science is taken out of the college lecture theatre and into the pub. And it is hands on too. Go down to the pub tonight and see first hand evidence of the effects of the Civil War on Teesside. Handle real armour and see the trauma inflicted on skeletal remains. ....

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Un-civil War – Folk Turn’d Upsidedown And Thumped!

The lesser-known details of the English Civil War in the North East are to be explored as part of a festival dedicated to making science accessible. Phil Philo, Senior Curator of the Dorman and Captain Cook Birthplace Museums, will take to the stage as part of the Pint of Science festival which sees academics and researchers presenting their work in a more relaxed way – in local pubs. ....

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Discover What Cook And Boney Had In Common…

Captain James Cook and Napoleon Bonaparte’s differing experiences of the island of St Helena will be explored in a Local History Month event. The two men both spent time on the island, in the Atlantic Ocean, 40 years apart from one another and an illustrated talk on the topic will take place at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on Friday, May 15. The event ....

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Explore Middlesbrough’s Winter Garden In Local History Month

The history of a unique Middlesbrough ‘social experiment’ will be explored this weekend as part of Middlesbrough Local History Month. The celebration of the town’s Winter Garden marks the inclusion of the site of Lady Florence Bell’s enterprise in the new Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App and Trail. Navigator North’s Print Studio is joining forces with the ....

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Schools Art Project Marks Anniversary Of Gallipoli

    A remembrance service to honour those who fought in Gallipoli and the First World War was held at Middlesbrough Cenotaph this morning. As part of the commemorations, 10 of the town’s schools have made nearly 2,000 artificial poppies for an art project titled Remembering Gallipoli and Our War. The poppies have been made from materials including ceramics, plastic bottles, paper and foam and will be planted in the flowerbeds surrounding the Cenotaph to create the ....

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War Hero’s Extraordinary Story To Be Premiered

  A documentary telling the extraordinary story of a local war hero will be premiered as part of a commemoration of the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp. The 30-minute film ‘Eddie Straight: To Hell and Back’ and a supporting exhibition will be unveiled at an event at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum on Wednesday, April 15 from 7pm-9pm. As well as marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, this year also sees the anniversary of ....

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Lunchtime Lecture Explores Middlesbrough’s Industrial Heritage

  Local author and historian Norman Moorsom will launch the new Tees Transporter Bridge Lunchtime Lecture Series on Monday (April 13) with a talk on the ‘The Origins of Industrial Middlesbrough’.   Mr Moorsom’s talk is the first in the Tees Transporter Bridge Lecture series that will take place quarterly as part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported ....

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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Reopening Season 2015

Middlesbrough\'s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum will re-open to the public on 31st March for its 2015 season. The museum, situated in Stewart Park close to the site of James Cook’s birth, follows the naval explorer’s life from his early years and education, through his time in the Merchant Navy, to Cook’s distinguished Royal Navy career, including his three great Voyages of ....

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Campaign Launched To Create Cook Statue In Historic Park

Work is getting under way on a project to create a statue to one of Middlesbrough’s most famous sons. The tribute to Captain James Cook will be built at Stewart Park - already home to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. The project has long been an ambition of the Friends of Stewart Park, and gained momentum with the announcement in November of a £25,000 contribution to the fund as part of the Council’s capital programme proposals. Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said it ....

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Talk To Explore Transporter’s History Through Old Newspapers

Newspaper coverage of Teesside’s most famous landmark the Transporter Bridge is the inspiration for a forthcoming talk. The Tees Transporter Bridge: The ‘Majestic Dinosaur’ or ‘Monster’ that survived Middlesbrough’s boom and bust, takes place on Monday (January 12) at The Institute at The Avenue Primary School in the first of Nunthorpe History Group’s ....

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The start of the World War 1 will be commemorated in Albert Park tomorrow with a spectacular outdoor theatre event by Periplum in Albert Park. Start 7pm. The show has been specially commissioned by the Arts Council and the five Tees Valley borough councils, to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1. It will explore stories of how local people’s lives were affected by the ....

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Dresser’s Tearoom Opens At Dorman Museum

A Victorian tearoom in the name of Linthorpe Pottery founder Christopher Dresser has opened at Dorman Museum – realising a long-held family dream. Dresser’s Tearoom is the brainchild of Middlesbrough mum and daughter Janet Thompson and Rachel Forster who have themed the business around the man known as the “Father of Modern Design”. It comes on the back of the Dorman ....

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