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Published 5th May 2017

Local history month in Middlesbrough 2017

Middlesbrough Local History Month has got underway with a guided tour showing off the ongoing Town Hall renovation project.

Members of the public are among the first to see the alterations being made which will return the Grade II* Listed Building to its original Victorian glory.

The tours include an introduction in the Council Chamber before heading to the construction site for a sneak preview of the work to the main hall, Crypt, court room, cells, fire station and carriageway.

Middlesbrough Local History Month is the largest ever, with popular fixtures such as the Magical History Tour and the Teesside Archives Workshops returning alongside new events including a history night at Cleveland College of Art and Design, which has roots dating back to 1880 and, in response to the campaign for an Ellen Wilkinson statue, an introductory talk on iconic Middlesbrough women.

For 2017 Local History Month is being run by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with Ageing Better Middlesbrough.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Once again Middlesbrough’s Local History Month surpasses expectations. A stalwart of our cultural scene, this much loved month-long celebration of our heritage goes from strength to strength, and this year’s promises to be packed full of exciting and thought-provoking events, some familiar favourites and some new.”

Michelle Dawson, Ageing Better Middlesbrough Programme Manager said: “Middlesbrough has such an amazing history and we’re proud to be supporting all of the great events taking place this month.

“With so much going on, Local History Month will give people the opportunity to get out and discover something new about our town. This is really important to Ageing Better as we work hard to reduce loneliness and isolation for those 50 and over in the area.”

• For a full programme and updates visit the Discover Middlesbrough Facebook page 

You can also view the Local History Month brochure online

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