Head Wrightson Photographic Archive

January 12, 2018 no comments

Did you work at Head Wrightson? Do you know friends or relatives who worked there? We need your thoughts, memories and reflections to help preserve a very special collection of photographs. Chief Photographer at Head Wrightson’s Research and Development department, Alan Simpson, donated his negative collection to Stockton Borough Libraries.… Read Full Story

The Evilness of the Middle Distance Runner. And the Astrologer.

December 29, 2017 no comments

The period between Christmas and New Year is always a bit on the quiet side, but we don’t begrudge you people staying at home enjoying another chocolate orange and watching Space Chimps on ITV2 rather than researching your family history.  We’re not bitter.  Not that bitter anyway.  There’s plenty of… Read Full Story

A Stockton Christmas. 1890s style.

December 20, 2017 no comments

As the festive season gets into full swing we thought we’d give you a glimpse into how it was done in the dim and distant Stockton of the 1890s. Just think of us as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Not that we’re saying you’re Scrooge, dear reader. We’re sure you’ve… Read Full Story

Industrial Teesside, Lives and Legacies

December 11, 2017 no comments

We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Jon Warren of Durham University will be returning to Stockton Library to talk about his new book Industrial Teesside, Lives and Legacies. Last year Jon ran a workshop session at the library, gathering stories, memories and experiences of the area’s industrial past. Reminiscences such… Read Full Story

On this Day: 22nd November 1963

November 22, 2017 no comments

People of a certain vintage will be familiar with the phrase “everyone remembers where they were the day President Kennedy was shot”. In one of those odd historical quirks, for some people in Stockton-on-Tees the day was doubly memorable as the Beatles played twice at the Globe Theatre. Here’s the… Read Full Story

Henry John Jeal

November 11, 2017 no comments

On Armistice Day we’re very grateful to Keith Jeal for sharing with us his quest to learn more about his Grandfather, Henry John Jeal, who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917: I made a very emotional visit in September this year to Dozinghem Cemetery to see my grandfather`s grave. It… Read Full Story

Family History Suite

November 1, 2017 no comments

To a fanfare of ooohs and aahhs we’ve had a move around in our family history suite. We’ve opened up much more space with a classroom style arrangement to help with our Introduction to Family History sessions. Our Digital Heritage Volunteers now have more elbow room for their scanning work,… Read Full Story

Ernest Taylor Remembrance Service

October 20, 2017 no comments

Our post in August featured the story of Ernest Taylor of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, with Ernest’s grandson, Ken Oliver, sharing his research with us. Last week a remembrance service was held at St Peter’s Church, Stockton, 100 years to the day Ernest was killed in action. The service… Read Full Story

1 Across, 10 letters

October 13, 2017 no comments

If there’s a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of librarians across the globe it’s “otherwise they’ll just have to go in the bin”. Not everything can be lovingly housed, catalogued and occasionally dusted in the safe confines of the library stacks, of course. But each time we’re offered… Read Full Story

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