Saturday 1 May

10am to 11am – Stepping out along the Black Path

A sailor’s trod, a daily commute, the path to footballing glory or disappointment, a wildlife corridor, the way to sand and sea and shellfish, an escape from the terraces. Join Mike O’Reilly and Chris Corbett as they explore the social and industrial heritage of this extraordinary route, taking a look at the public art along its length and celebrating its stories and communities as they walk from the Teesside Archives to Redcar.

Filmed and edited by Middlesbrough Environment City, with additional historic material provided by Teesside Archives.


Monday 3 May

10am – Linthorpe tour

Take a virtual tour exploring the history of Linthorpe in the company of Sue Sedgwick from the Dorman Museum and Chris Corbett from Teesside Archives.

If you’re excited to take the tour yourself, you’ll need the Linthorpe trail guide (PDF) and Linthorpe timeline (PDF) too!

Get involved: watch the tour of Linthorpe online

7pm – Local History Quiz 1

A virtual quiz about our local history from Stockton Council’s libraries team.

Get involved: to take part go to the Stockton Libraries Facebook page


Tuesday 4 May

10am – The Smell of Water blog

The personal blog of Gavin Parry, it documents his explorations of landscape, history, myth, and folklore to identify elements that influence our sense of place and identity.

Get involved: check out Gavin’s blog about wandering in the land of the divine hag

11am to 1pm – Newham Grange Farm: talk, walk, and cream tea

Did you know Newham Grange Farm was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086 AD)? Records show this area of Cleveland has been farmed for over 900 years, and we know that the Hopper family worked the land at Newham Grange since 1580. To celebrate History Month, we’re offering a talk and walk showing the history of the farm, a presentation from artist Carol Newmarch, and a cream tea to finish (fruit scone with clotted cream and preserve, and a cup of tea).

Cost: £6.50

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Newham Grange website

2pm to 3pm – Cook 250: The Story of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, discover how the museum came about, learn about the treasures to be found in the museum, and the links forged with people from countries explored by Captain Cook.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

2pm – the RNLI and Redcar lifeboat station

Dave Cocks has held a number of positions with the RNLI at Redcar for over 40 years, ranging from crew member to Lifeboat Operations Manager. He describes the life and training of modern crew members, the lifeboats and how the service has adapted to meet changing demands over the years.

Cost: donations invited

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Tuesday Talks website

7pm – Middlesbrough’s steel magnates and the shaping of the modern town, 1880-1934

Hear from Tosh Warwick about the role played by the industrialists who created and shaped Middlesbrough in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the North East Labour History website


Wednesday 5 May

10am – Picture Stockton archive

Join Stockton Libraries in their weekly session in which they share photographs from the Picture Stockton collection and prompt memories of times past.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

10am – Teesside Archives Blog

Teesside Archives take their weekly delve into their collections and consider what documents and artefacts from our past can reveal about people, events, and places.

Get involved: visit the Teesside Archives blog

2pm – The Workhouses of Stockton

Martin Peagam explores the fascinating story of the workhouses of Stockton and those who occupied them. He asks whether they were really as bad as is portrayed in Oliver Twist, or whether they provided a place of refuge and hope for those who had fallen on hard times, as well as whether we should reintroduce them today.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Thursday 6 May

10am – Paul Menzies on Middlesbrough

Historian Paul Menzies considers some aspects of the history of Middlesbrough in his weekly blog posts during Local History Month. We start with The Tees-side Blondin!

Get involved: read the salute Bill Canwell blog post

10am – Frank Wild: The Antarctic explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic explorer Frank Wild, who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

2pm – The Rock Garden

Steve Harland explores the history of the Middlesbrough punk and post-punk venue The Rock Garden in a virtual blog.

Get involved: read the Middlesbrough Rock Garden blog post

2pm – Head Wrightson: a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of what was the site of Head Wrightson, in the company of Albert Roxborough. Using photographs and other material from the Heritage Lottery-funded Head Wrightson photo archive project, we can see what life was like at the company, which was one of the industrial giants of Teesside engineering

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group


Friday 7 May

10am – Who am I? – exploring family history with Martin and Julie

Local Historian Martin Peagam seeks help from Julie at Stockton Reference Library, to help him discover his family roots. Over the course of Local History Month, he chats about what he needs to do and what resources are available to help him.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

11am – Middlesbrough Town Hall history

Middlesbrough Town Hall has developed a series of short films celebrating people’s unique history with Middlesbrough Town Hall and its role in the heritage of the place we all call home.

Through a series of interviews, learn more about the rich and important history of this building and its unwavering identity since the first foundation stone was laid.

Developed by Middlesbrough Town Hall in partnership with less is MORE productions and LCM media.

Get involved: look out for the film on the Middlesbrough Town Hall Facebook page

2pm – No Rest for The Wicked

This talk has been rescheduled to 4pm on Thursday 18 May.


Saturday 8 May

2:15pm – Tales from Gisborough Priory

Christine Clarke tells the often-unheard tales from one of Teesside’s best historic landmarks. Hear about Lord Gisborough’s family tree, Peter de Brus, Lucy de Twheng, and the secret tunnels of Gisborough Priory.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Monday 10 May

11am to 1pm – Newham Grange Farm: talk, walk, and cream tea

Did you know Newham Grange Farm was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086 AD)? Records show this area of Cleveland has been farmed for over 900 years, and we know that the Hopper family worked the land at Newham Grange since 1580. To celebrate History Month, we’re offering a talk and walk showing the history of the farm, a presentation from artist Carol Newmarch, and a cream tea to finish (fruit scone with clotted cream and preserve, and a cup of tea).

Cost: £6.50

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Newham Grange website

1:45pm – Tourism Teesside T-shirts

Tourism Teesside make T-shirts and prints that are intended to celebrate and reimagine the forgotten histories of Teesside. Blog by Kingsley Hall.

Get involved: read the Tourism Teesside T-shirts blog

2pm – Going for a curry?

Local author Khadim Hussain in conversation with Alex Lewczuk and Rob Nichols telling the story of how curry was introduced to Middlesbrough and became one of our favourite dishes.

Get involved: listen to the ‘going for a curry?’ podcast

7pm – Local History quiz 2

A virtual quiz about our local history from Stockton Council’s libraries team.

Get involved: to take part go to the Stockton Libraries Facebook page


Tuesday 11 May

10am – The Smell of Water

Gavin Parry blogs about his explorations of local landscape, history, myth and folklore.

Get involved: check out Gavin’s blog about Flying Freddie Dixon and Cleveland Precision Motorcycles

2pm – Cook 250 lecture: diet, disease, and death

A talk by Martin Peagam of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust exploring aspects of diet, disease, and death as they impacted on the life and voyages of Captain James Cook. Did he make the crew eat sauerkraut? Did he really eliminate scurvy? What actually caused his death?

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Wednesday 12 May

10am – Teesside Archives Blog

Teesside Archives take their weekly delve into their collections and consider what documents and artefacts from our past can reveal about people, events, and places.

Get involved: visit the Teesside Archives blog

10am to 11am – Picture Stockton archive

Join Stockton Libraries in their weekly session in which they share photographs from the Picture Stockton collection and prompt memories of times past.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

2pm – Falling over a Family: the Trechmanns of Hartlepool and Norton

Local historian Linda Polley tells the story of how her research into a house, Kiora Hall, led her into the fascinating story of a family.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

3pm – Celebrating the Stockton & Darlington Railway

On the 200th anniversary of Yarm resident Thomas Meynell becoming the first Chairman of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1821, Barry Thompson and Martin Peagam discuss whether the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Locomotion No 1 pulling a train into Stockton on 27 September 1825 should matter to the people of Teesside.

They will consider the significance of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the role played by people from Stockton and Yarm in its creation, and the important events leading up to the opening day in 1825, including the laying of the very first rail, in Stockton.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – Want to write historical fiction? Find out what it takes…

Gillie Hatton of Sixth Element Publishing talks to Will Nett, author of My Only Boro, on the lesser-known fascinating snippets of Middlesbrough history that inspired his first book.

Get involved: watch the Will Nett interview


Thursday 13 May

10am – Paul Menzies on Middlesbrough

Paul Menzies considers some aspects of the history of Middlesbrough in his weekly blog posts during Local History Month. This week he investigates why a petition was raised against a new railway station.

Get involved: read the railway station petition blog

10am – Frank Wild: The Antarctic explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic explorer Frank Wild, who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

2pm – The Teesside International Brigades Memorial

Tony Fox, of the International Brigades Memorial Trust, tells the story of the Teesside International Brigades Memorial, which is now in Middlesbrough Town Hall. He’ll be explaining: the role local volunteers played in the XV International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, the unique story of the memorial plaque’s production, loss and recovery and how the Volunteers have been commemorated.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – Teesside Rising interview: Edna Hunnysett

Arts Council-funded Teesside Rising project interviews Edna Hunnysett, who writes novels inspired by her life growing up on a farm in the 1940s.

Get involved: watch the interview with Edna Hunnysett


Friday 14 May

10am – Who am I? – exploring family history with Martin and Julie

Local Historian Martin Peagam seeks help from Julie at Stockton Reference Library, to help him discover his family roots. Over the course of Local History Month, he chats about what he needs to do and what resources are available to help him.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

11am – Middlesbrough Town Hall history

Middlesbrough Town Hall has developed a series of short films celebrating people’s unique history with Middlesbrough Town Hall and its role in the heritage of the place we all call home.

Through a series of interviews, learn more about the rich and important history of this building and its unwavering identity since the first foundation stone was laid.

Developed by Middlesbrough Town Hall in partnership with less is MORE productions and LCM media.

Get involved: look out for the film on the Middlesbrough Town Hall Facebook page

2pm – A brief history of ‘Maxwell’s Corner’ in Stockton

Eleanor Blyth and Fiona Riley of the Stockton Council’s Townscape Heritage Project talk about the long and interesting history of the area now fondly known as ‘Maxwell’s Corner’, and provide an brief insight into the work being carried out, and future engagement opportunities available, as part of the Townscape Heritage Project.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Saturday 15 May

10am – Vintage sewing

Gill Mollard blogs about the renewed appeal of vintage sewing patterns.

Get involved: read the vintage sewing patterns blog


Monday 17 May

2pm – black dog lore of the North York Moors

A short film about the folklore of the North York Moors on the legends of the black dogs and witches from Dr. Martyn Hudson, the author of ‘On Blackamoor’.

Get involved: watch the black dog lore of the North York Moors video

7pm – Local History Quiz 3

A virtual quiz about our local history from Stockton Council’s libraries team.

Get involved: to take part go to the Stockton Libraries Facebook page


Tuesday 18 May

10am – The Smell of Water blog

Get involved: check out Gavin’s blog about exploring the tabular hills

10am to 11am – The Women’s Football Cup anniversary 1918

In the year that is the 100th anniversary of women being banned from playing football and also the 50th anniversary of that ban being lifted, the editor of the Boro Fanzine, Fly Me To The Moon, and local historian Martin Peagam discuss how local women embraced football during the First World War and how a packed Ayresome Park hosted a cup final between two women’s teams.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

11am to 1pm – Newham Grange Farm: talk, walk, and cream tea

Did you know Newham Grange Farm was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086 AD)? Records show this area of Cleveland has been farmed for over 900 years, and we know that the Hopper family worked the land at Newham Grange since 1580. To celebrate History Month, we’re offering a talk and walk showing the history of the farm, a presentation from artist Carol Newmarch, and a cream tea to finish (fruit scone with clotted cream and preserve, and a cup of tea).

Cost: £6.50

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Newham Grange website

2pm to 3pm – Cook 250 lecture: Smook near the beach

Phil Philo tells the story of how Captain James Cook arrived at Australia in the Spring of 1770 where he observed ‘smook near the beach’ – a sign of local habitation – and considers how he was received by the indigenous people?

Cost: donations invited

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Tuesday Talks website

4pm – No Rest for The Wicked

A live Zoom talk by Richard Taylor of Ripon Museum Trust, who runs the Workhouse Museum, Prison & Police Museum and Courthouse Museum, which tells the story of the history of law and order in Yorkshire.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Wednesday 19 May

10am – Teesside Archives Blog

Teesside Archives take their weekly delve into their collections and consider what documents and artefacts from our past can reveal about people, events, and places.

Get involved: visit the Teesside Archives blog

10am to 11am – Picture Stockton archive

Join Stockton Libraries in their weekly session in which they share photographs from the Picture Stockton collection and prompt memories of times past.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

2pm to 3pm – The Spence Arms and Armour Collection

Chris Young of Preston Hall Museum provides an insight into the Spence Arms and Armour Collection at the museum: how it came about, what it contains, and its significance.

Book: find out more and book tickets for the Spence Arms and Armour Collection talk on Eventbrite

7pm – Want to write historical fiction? Find out what it takes…

Gillie Hatton of Sixth Element Publishing talks to Ken Braithwaite, the author of action-packed historical novels following the adventures of 19th century drovers.

Get involved: watch the Ken Braithwaite interview


Thursday 20 May

10am – Paul Menzies on Middlesbrough

Paul Menzies considers some aspects of the history of Middlesbrough in his weekly blog posts during Local History Month. This week, find out what happened when Middlesbrough Free Library ran out of money to buy books!

Get involved: check out the blog about when Middlesbrough Free Library ran out of money to buy books

10am – Frank Wild: The Antarctic explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic explorer Frank Wild, who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

2pm to 3pm – William Gileard Brown

Chris Corbett of Teesside Archives talks about the William Gileard Brown collection held by Teesside Archives.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – Black History conversation

In conversation with Bradley Mafuta, aka The Chief, on why Black history matters.

Get involved: watch the Bradley Mafuta interview


Friday 21 May

10am – Who am I? – exploring family history with Martin and Julie

Local Historian Martin Peagam seeks help from Julie at Stockton Reference Library, to help him discover his family roots. Over the course of Local History Month, he chats about what he needs to do and what resources are available to help him.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

11am – Middlesbrough Town Hall history

Middlesbrough Town Hall has developed a series of short films celebrating people’s unique history with Middlesbrough Town Hall and its role in the heritage of the place we all call home.

Through a series of interviews, learn more about the rich and important history of this building and its unwavering identity since the first foundation stone was laid.

Developed by Middlesbrough Town Hall in partnership with less is MORE productions and LCM media.

Get involved: look out for the film on the Middlesbrough Town Hall Facebook page

2pm – Ironopolis: the architecture of Middlesbrough

Join architectural historian Dr. Michael Johnson on a virtual tour of Middlesbrough as he introduces his new book on the town’s rich architectural heritage.

Get involved: listen to the Ironopolis: the architecture of Middlesbrough lecture


Saturday 22 May

2pm to 3pm – The Silent Warriors

Phil Philo tells the story of how the River Tees became the base for U-boats during World War One.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website


Sunday 23 May

10am – Locomotion run

Club run by Orchard Eagles Running Club to celebrate the anniversary of the date on which the first rail on the Stockton & Darlington Railway was laid.
(Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participation is limited to club members only.)


Monday 24 May

11am to 1pm – Newham Grange Farm: talk, walk, and cream tea

Did you know Newham Grange Farm was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086 AD)? Records show this area of Cleveland has been farmed for over 900 years, and we know that the Hopper family worked the land at Newham Grange since 1580. To celebrate History Month, we’re offering a talk and walk showing the history of the farm, a presentation from artist Carol Newmarch, and a cream tea to finish (fruit scone with clotted cream and preserve, and a cup of tea).

Cost: £6.50

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Newham Grange website

2pm – North Sea to the East

John Powls talks about his new book of poetry and paintings inspired by the lands around the Tees.

Get involved: watch the John Powls interview

7pm – Local History Quiz 4

A virtual quiz about our local history from Stockton Council’s libraries team.

Get involved: to take part go to the Stockton Libraries Facebook page


Tuesday 25 May

10am – Smell of Water blog

Join psychogeographer Gavin Parry as blogs about exploring the evocatively-named Gallow Hill, from prehistory to the Cold War.

Get involved: read the Gallow Howe blog

11am – Smell of Water film 1

Premiere of the first of a series of films made by Bob Fischer, Gavin Parry, and Andrew T. Smith based on locations from the Smell of Water blog.

Get involved: watch the Smell of Water film

2pm to 3pm – Cook 250 lecture: The First Voyage and its significance

What was the significance of the First Voyage undertaken by James Cook? Phil Philo considers this question in an entertaining and informative talk.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7:30pm to 9pm – Altogether Archaeology and Community Archaeology

Tony Metcalfe outlines the history and activities of Altogether Archaeology, which aims to promote awareness of the archaeological heritage of the North Pennines and the surrounding area; by the involvement of its members of all ages; in archaeological fieldwork and research

Book: for more information and to book, visit the further details and booking, visit the Teesside Archaeological Society website


Wednesday 26 May

9am to 4pm – Globe Theatre salvage treasures

A exhibition display of items and material salvaged during the restoration and refurbishment of the Globe Theatre. Items on display include posters and programmes which will evoke memories of the Globe as a cinema and music venue at the heart of Stockton, showing blockbuster films and attracting star names from the world of showbusiness.

Location: Fountain Court Enterprise Arcade, High Street, Stockton on Tees

10am to 11am – Picture Stockton archive

Join Stockton Libraries in their weekly session in which they share photographs from the Picture Stockton collection and prompt memories of times past.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

10am – Teesside Archives Blog

Teesside Archives take their weekly delve into their collections and consider what documents and artefacts from our past can reveal about people, events, and places.

Get involved: visit the Teesside Archives blog

2pm to 3pm – Two villages in North Stockton

Martin Peagam delves into the intriguing origins of two estates Roseworth and Hardwick – and finds that they were inspired by a vision of creating two villages similar to Hartburn and Norton.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – Want to write historical fiction? Find out what it takes…

Gillie Hatton of Sixth Element Publishing talks to award-winning historical romance author Christine King about 19th century smuggling along the North-East coast.

Get involved: watch the Christine King interview


Thursday 27 May

10am – Paul Menzies on Middlesbrough

Paul Menzies revives a lost world the country houses of south Middlesbrough.

Get involved: read the country houses of south Middlesbrough blog

2pm to 3pm – The River Tees crossings during the Bishops’ and Civil Wars, 1639-1644

Phil Philo of the Battlefield Trust considers the role played by the River Tees crossings – ‘the most directe and sure way and passage for the Kinge or Sovraigne Lordes armye and ordynance’ – during the Bishops’ and Civil Wars, 1639-1644.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

4pm – War of the Three Kingdoms

Mark Turnbull talks about the inspiration for his book weaving fact with fiction in the turmoil of the Civil War.

Get involved: watch the video from Mark Turnbull

7pm – Teesside Rising interview: Geoff Taylor

Arts Council-funded Teesside Rising project talks to former Tees pilot Geoff Taylor, who has spent 15 years fighting to save Teesside’s industrial heritage.

Get involved: watch the interview with Geoff Taylor


Friday 28 May

9am to 4pm – Globe Theatre salvage treasures

A exhibition display of items and material salvaged during the restoration and refurbishment of the Globe Theatre. Items on display include posters and programmes which will evoke memories of the Globe as a cinema and music venue at the heart of Stockton, showing blockbuster films and attracting star names from the world of showbusiness.

Location: Fountain Court Enterprise Arcade, High Street, Stockton on Tees

10am – Who am I? – exploring family history with Martin and Julie

Local Historian Martin Peagam seeks help from Julie at Stockton Reference Library, to help him discover his family roots. Over the course of Local History Month, he chats about what he needs to do and what resources are available to help him.

Get involved: visit the Local and Family History Group Facebook group

11am – Middlesbrough Town Hall history

Middlesbrough Town Hall has developed a series of short films celebrating people’s unique history with Middlesbrough Town Hall and its role in the heritage of the place we all call home.

Through a series of interviews, learn more about the rich and important history of this building and its unwavering identity since the first foundation stone was laid.

Developed by Middlesbrough Town Hall in partnership with less is MORE productions and LCM media.

Get involved: look out for the film on the Middlesbrough Town Hall Facebook page

2pm to 2:30pm – On the High Street: from Blair’s home to Robinson’s Emporium

Eleanor Blyth and Fiona Riley of the Stockton Council Townscape Heritage Project provide an insight into one particular address on Stockton High Street and how it reflects the ever-changing nature of the High Street. They also provide a brief insight into the work being carried out and future engagement opportunities available as part of the Townscape Heritage Project.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – My Boro Debut

Special Red Army TV broadcast with Dave Roberts in conversation with fans and former players interviewed for the recent book about their first games at Boro. Featuring Robert Nichols, Dana Malt and Andy Campbell.

Get involved: watch the My Boro Debut TV broadcast


Saturday 29 May

9am to 2:30pm – Day school: Care and Conflict – Cleveland and Teesside in the twentieth century

A chance to spend a day with some renowned local historians hearing about aspects of life in Cleveland and Teesside during the twentieth century. There will be four online talks and you can attend the whole day or dip into individual talks.

The programme includes:

  • Middlesbrough in World War 1 (Paul Menzies)
  • Man at the Back – Lord Tom Sawyer (Christopher Massey)
  • No Place for Terrorists – Teesside and Women’s Suffrage (Martin F Peagam)
  • Care Between Conflict: Stockton in Hard Times (John Little)

Charge: £5 registration fee

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

11am – Memories of Middlesbrough in the 1970s and 1980s

A look back at life in Middlesbrough in the seventies and eighties with historian Dr Tosh Warwick, author of the new book Memories of Middlesbrough in the 1970s and 1980s. Tosh tells some of the stories behind the images in the book and shares memories shared as part of the book project

Location: Middlesbrough Town Hall Fire station

Cost: £2.50

2pm – The Tees Transporter Bridge: Past, Present and Future

Ahead of the publication of a new book on Teesside’s famous landmark, Dr Tosh Warwick tells the story of the Tees Transporter Bridge by exploring notable moments from the Bridge’s past, considers what the Grade II* Listed structure means to Teessiders today and considers what role the Bridge might play in future developments of the area.

Location: Middlesbrough Town Hall Fire station

Cost: £2.50


Sunday 30 May

10am – Rediscovering heritage through archives

Dr Tosh Warwick presents a video made by the Middlesbrough High Street Heritage Action Zone, exploring how the heritage of Middlesbrough is being discovered and made accessible through an exploration of the treasures held by Teesside Archives.

Get involved: watch the rediscovering heritage through archives video (from 10am on Sunday)


Monday 31 May

10:30am – Memories of Stockton in the 1970s and 1980s

A look back at life in Stockton on Tees in the seventies and eighties with historian Dr Tosh Warwick, author of the new book Memories of Stockton in the 1970s and 1980s. Tosh tells some of the stories behind the images in the book and shares memories shared as part of the book project.

2pm – The History of Middlesbrough

Paul Menzies takes us on a trip through the history of Middlesbrough.

Book: for more information and to book, visit the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society website

7pm – Local History Quiz 5

A virtual quiz about our local history from Stockton Council’s libraries team.

Get involved: to take part go to the Stockton Libraries Facebook page


Throughout the month

9am – Hidden gems (every day except Sunday)

A daily treasure from Middlesbrough Central Library’s local history collection.

2pm – The 1929 quiz (every day except Sunday)

Questions from a book published in 1929 called Middlesbrough Folk.

Get involved: free online event on the Middlesbrough Libraries Facebook page

2pm – Middlesbrough Art (every day except Sunday)

A daily display of a piece of art from the Middlesbrough collection.

Get involved: free online event on the Middlesbrough Libraries Facebook page

Monday 3 May to Monday 31 May – Mimazina

The May edition is a special for Local History Month and is packed full of local stories, nature, recipes, music playlists, and reflections on artworks from the Middlesbrough Collection. Distributed online through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @mimauseful

Get involved: to find out more, visit the Mimazina website

Mima Making

Free activity pack to collect. Collection available from Monday to Saturday (10am to 3pm) and Sunday (12:30pm to 3pm)

Location: MIMA Kitchen, MIMA, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ

Stewart Park Huntee trail

New Huntee trail around Stewart Park, featuring the natural and local history of the popular park in Marton.

Get involved: follow the Huntee trail