Local History Month
By One Giant Leap
Monday 04 May 2020 14:23:00
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All of May is the Local and Community History month across the UK!

It’s an opportunity for everyone to look around them and to explore their local history.

There were plans for a programme of talks, discussions and guided tours celebrating the local history of Middlesbrough and for the first time in Stockton on Tees.

However, this has had to be abandoned, due to lock-down and social isolation. But the show must go on!

That’s why we decided to make this year’s Local History Month a ‘Virtual’ one! We thought it made sense to put our heads together and team up across Middlesbrough and Stockton.

A number of local historians, including Martin Peagam, Tony Fox and Tosh Warwick are working with staff from Middlesbrough Events, Stockton on Tees Libraries service, Middlesbrough Libraries, Teesside Archives and both Museum services to offer people the opportunity to discover more about the heritage of the area and to engage actively in discussions about that heritage, sharing memories and information.


At present the programme starts like this:

Stockton Family History Advice and information - Every Tuesday at 10.00am
An opportunity to learn how to research your ancestors through on-line articles, and to ask questions of library staff.

Stockton Memories Session - Every Wednesday at 2.00pm
An opportunity to share memories about places and events in the town’s history. Each week the library will post photographs from the Picture Stockton Archive, based on a theme, and these can be discussed on-line.


On-Line Lectures and Question and Answer Sessions

Ac series of on-line lectures by local historians, some followed by an opportunity to engage in discussion with the historian, to share information and discuss issues arising from the presentation.


Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 2.00pm

No Place for Terrorists: Teesside and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Martin F Peagam

An exploration of the campaign for women’s suffrage on Teesside, by men and women, and in particular the rejection of the terrorist activities of the Suffragettes.

This is a Watch Party - where everyone is invited but you need to join the group.

Our Virtual Local and Family History Group is delighted to host a Watch Party with local historian and 'time traveller' Martin Peagam on Wednesday 6 May at 2pm.


To join the group go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/246080663250652

Watch along as Martin explores the ways in which Teesside responded to the fight for the Vote for Women.

If you thought Emmeline Pankhurst was beloved by those seeking equality, and that she believed in democracy - prepare to learn the truth. Afterwards we’ll have a live Q&A where you can post your questions to Martin about this fascinating period of history.


The programme is open to everyone, whether in isolation in Stockton or Sydney, Middlesbrough or Miami.

All you have to do is visit our facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/Discovermiddlesbrough/


and you can register to join the Stockton Libraries Facebook group to join in with interactive sessions.

But also tomorrow from 10am north eastern historical novelist and English Civil War specialist, Mark Turnbull, will be holding a court-martial on twitter of Civil War Royalist Commander Richard Fielding for his conduct at the siege of Reading.

Mark will lay out the background and chronology on Tuesday.
Wednesday will bring the case for the prosecution.
Then on Thursday the case for the defence will be presented. Following which we get a chance to vote our verdict.
All on Mark Turnbull's twitter - he posts from 10 am each day.

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