Friday - Monday 24th May - Events


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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