Local History Month - Press Release


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How to make a Beating Heart and a chance to walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook are among a host of history and heritage events happening in Middlesbrough.

The month of May means Local History Month in Middlesbrough and after a couple of years of lockdown restrictions the organisers are opening doors again for talks, exhibitions displays but also stepping outside to explore, reconnect, commemorate and celebrate the places and the faces that have shaped the town over time.

A packed programme coincides with the Queen’s Jubilee so there will be events taking in the seven decades of the reign featured in a North East Film Archive film Seen To Be Believed on Sunday, May 8 at Middlesbrough Town Hall Court Room (1.30pm).

There will also be a special Coronation Catwalk presented by The History Wardrobe on Monday, May 30 from 7pm-8.30pm at Middlesbrough Reference Library.

One event will also step much further back in time examining what a recent archaeological investigation has unearthed about pre-industrial Middlesbrough, presented by Salford University archaeologist Oliver Cook at Myplace on May, 25 at 2pm.

Film maker Jay Tee will also lead a walk around the foundations of industrial Middlesbrough on May 16 (meet outside Myplace at 12noon).

There will be opportunities to investigate the lives of Middlesbrough citizens resting in Linthorpe Cemetery with three walks and talks hosted by Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery, meeting at the Hebrew Prayer House on Thursday 12th 19th and 26th.

Other events range from Northern Exposure, a documentary film project focusing on ordinary lives in a northern town (Middlesbrough) – at noon at Base Camp on Thursday, May 5 to Preserving your Family History with Teesside Archives on Thursday, May 26 at the Masham, Navigator North's new base at the former public house.

Anyone who hasn’t popped down to the Masham will find a great reason for a first visit. Visitors might not be able to get a pint but will see lots of wonderfully interesting things associated with the Heritage Action Zone Project.

Local History Month attendees can explore the Marton that the young James Cook was raised in, meeting at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on Wednesday, May 18 at 11am.

There is also an opportunity to view the artwork that has been illuminating Middlesbrough from Church House with its creator Stu Langley How to Make a Beating Heart Sunday, May 8 from 9.15pm - 10.15pm.

Stu Langley is also the designer of the Local History Month brochures which will be distributed across Middlesbrough through the month and organisers are also partnering up with the local historians of Stockton through May.

The month’s events are supported by Middlesbrough Council working with groups and organisations of passionate and dedicated volunteers.

Local History Month organisers do love to see and hear about visitors’ experiences of the festival so don’t forget to use #LHM2022 or tag the event in social media posts.

For a full programme of events and further information please follow on the Facebook page
fb.me/Discovermiddlesbrough and www.wearemiddlesbrough.com

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