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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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‘women And The Great War’ Event At Central Library

The fashions of the First World War era will be explored as part of a presentation at Middlesbrough Central Library by The History Wardrobe. ‘Women and the Great War’ will take place in the Reference Library on Thursday, September 11, at 7pm. The History Wardrobe are a group who perform presentations with a theme of “costumes-in-context”. The event at Middlesbrough Central Library will look at how the impact of the First World War brought about tremendous social ....

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Acklam Day Set To Take Place At Dorman Museum

Dorman Museum is set to host Acklam Day – a chance to discover more about the fascinating history of the Middlesbrough suburb. The day-long event will take place on Friday, September 5, with a number of guest speakers giving presentations between 10.30am and 4.30pm. To open the day Jenny Braddy will be giving a welcome talk to set the scene for the topic and will later present the ....

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Transporter Gondola Renovation Works Take Shape

A major revamp of the Tees Transporter Bridge’s distinctive gondola is taking shape as part of the ongoing £2.6m Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project. The new design will allow users of the renovated gondola to enjoy majestic views up and down the Tees from the landmark bridge which is the only one of its kind in England and the largest in the world. The glass panel ....

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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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