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Treasures Of The Town Hall Event To Explore Landmark’s Heritage

  This Friday (October 21, 11am-noon) as part of the Discover Middlesbrough festival and the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Middlesbrough Town Hall Restoration and Refurbishment project, members of the public are invited to explore the history and heritage of the Grade II* Listed landmark. The ‘Treasures of the Town Hall’ event will be held in the Council Chamber and includes ....

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Gilkes Street Baths Remembered At The Dorman

A popular part of Middlesbrough’s history is being celebrated at the Dorman Museum – and members of the public are being asked for their memories. Middlesbrough-based artist Neil Hamilton’s nostalgic pastel image of Gilkes Street Baths is the centrepiece of a new display at the popular museum as part of Discover Middlesbrough (October 14-31) and beyond. Neil’s ....

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“they Answered Their Country’s Call” Event Explores First World War History And Heritage

Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum plays host to a ‘First World War: Community, Heritage and Legacies Workshop’ this Friday (7th October), which will bring experts from across the country together to explore stories of the conflict. Part of the Middlesbrough-based Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported “They answered their Country’s Call”: All Saints’ Church ....

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Talk Given Ahead Of Captain Cook Anniversary Milestone

Plans for the 250th anniversary of a milestone in the adventures of Captain James Cook will be discussed at an event in Middlesbrough. Next year marks 250 years since Cook’s completion of his pioneering survey of the whole of the coast of Newfoundland in 1767. On Saturday, September 17, from 10.30am, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park will host a talk entitled James Cook in Eastern Canada. The discussion will be led by Paul Wylezol, Chairperson of the International ....

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Heritage Open Days Event At Landmark Tees Transporter Bridge

One of the region’s engineering marvels is throwing open its doors at the weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative. Visitors are invited to find out about the iconic Transporter Bridge, from its rich history to the stunning views from its upper walkway. The Bridge celebrated its centenary in 2011, and a major £2.6 million overhaul thanks to the Heritage ....

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Awards Mark Museums’ Educational Excellence

Middlesbrough’s flagship museums have each landed a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding education programmes. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park and the Dorman Museum have been awarded 2016 Sandford Awards for the quality of their provision for young visitors. During May this year each museum was visited by a Sandford judge who observed school children taking part in the museum’s education programme. The judge was able to meet and talk to all ....

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Pacific Islands Festival Coming To Cook Birthplace Museum

  A major celebration of vibrant Polynesian cultures is coming to Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at the weekend. The Pacific Islands Festival is an annual gathering held by Pacific Islanders now living in the UK, across Europe and beyond. It is a celebration of many of the indigenous cultures which would have been observed by Captain Cook himself on his voyages around the Pacific. This year the festival will be brought to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum ....

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Blue Plaques Unveiled As Part Of Transporter Heritage Project

Blue plaques are set to be unveiled in Middlesbrough and Port Clarence as an important legacy of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project. The plaques have been manufactured to mark key heritage locations along a linear route from the Dorman Museum to Port Clarence on the north side of the Transporter Bridge.   The site of Bolckow ....

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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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