Rules of the Stockton on Tees Free Public Library

June 14, 2018 no comments

Stockton Library Service is a modern, inclusive, forward thinking 21st century library service. We’re bristling with tech and brimming with welcoming, friendly staff. Back in 1877, things were slightly different. When the Masonic Hall on Wellington Street was converted by the town council and opened as a Free Library one… Read Full Story

Local and Community History Month continued…

June 1, 2018 no comments

It’s been a busy time in the library with Local and Community History Month. Here’s a few pictures of what we’ve been up to. Local Historian Martin Peagam talks Stockton Workhouses.   The Magical Mystery History Tour heads off from the library in a vintage bus and takes in some of… Read Full Story

Local and Community History Month

May 10, 2018 no comments

May is Local and Community History Month and we’ve got a lot on. This week local historian Bob Woodhouse had a full house for his Curiosities of Cleveland talk. More than fifty people enjoyed tales of collapsing bridges, mysterious meteorites and repurposed castles. Bob Woodhouse talking about Stockton Castle Bryan… Read Full Story

Castle Theatre Programme 1911

April 20, 2018 no comments

While our collection contains a healthy amount of ephemera from the Globe and Forum theatres, it’s a little sparse where the Castle Theatre is concerned. The theatre was built on the site of the former Stockton Castle and stood until 1969, replaced by the Swallow Hotel. You can read more… Read Full Story

Shakespeare via Stockton

April 5, 2018 no comments

Last Saturday, having no doubt enjoyed one too many Easter eggs, some of you might have thought it a good time to settle down in front of the television for three hours of Elizabethan revenge tragedy.  BBC2 broadcast a live recording of the acclaimed Almeida Theatre production of Hamlet, starring… Read Full Story

New A3 Scanner for Digital Heritage

March 23, 2018 no comments

We have a new addition to the Family History Suite. Thanks to the ongoing Globe restoration and heritage project we have a shiny new A3 scanner, ready to capture those oversize posters, flyers and programmes from years ago. We’ve given it a trial run on a programme that was kindly… Read Full Story

A visit from Paganini

March 9, 2018 no comments

Anne Sharp of the Georgian Theatre 250 project  was recently in the library to work with us on an Historic Newspaper workshop.  Using the microfilm collection and our library subscription to the British Newspaper Archive several interesting items were unearthed.  Most prominent among them, a visit by the celebrated violinist… Read Full Story

Antibiotic Resistance on Teesside

March 1, 2018 no comments

While the majority of our local and family history enquiries come from people living within the region we frequently get questions from further afield.  This morning for example, as snow and ice continue to wreak havoc across the county, we received a call from a former Stockton resident now living… Read Full Story

I.C.I. Safety Handbook 1929

February 23, 2018 no comments

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Health and Safety”?  Red tape, conker goggles and lethal hanging baskets? Or hard won legislation that keeps people safe at work?  Whatever your opinion may be, it might surprise you that encouraging workers to avoid falling off things, losing limbs or… Read Full Story

‘Metrovick’, Yarm Road

February 17, 2018 no comments

This week’s post comes courtesy of Maurice Burns who provides an account of a railway locomotive construction company that once existed in Yarm Road, Stockton.  Click on the image to read the story of “perhaps the shortest lived locomotive works in Britain”.  

Page 1 of 41234