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

Farewell to a legend

October 6, 2017 no comments

October 2017 has seen the loss of one of Stockton & Norton’s most well-known, and also much-loved, characters. Mr. Robert Harbron, known simply as Bob, was a local historian. But he was not just a local historian, he was Norton and Stockton’s most passionate and knowledgeable supporter of their heritage.  Bob… Read Full Story

All Aboard!

September 30, 2017 no comments

Last week the town celebrated the 192nd birthday of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. As everyone knows, Local History Librarians can’t resist a good party, so we grabbed our banner, books and a selection of helpful leaflets about online reference resources and headed out to the big marquee on the… Read Full Story

Townscape Heritage Initiative Forum Oral Histories

September 22, 2017 no comments

It was time to whip out the microphone again this week for some oral history recording. With their unique knowledge and understanding of Stockton past and present, The Central Stockton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Forum has provided an invaluable contribution to the heritage-led regeneration programmes in the town centre. As… Read Full Story

Tell us your stories about Stockton

September 15, 2017 no comments

We are creating a new Cultural Heritage Trail and want to hear from you. We are interested in hearing any stories you may have around the Mill Lane/Dovecot Street and the surrounding area. We are particularly interested in finding out individuals journeys of how they ended up in Stockton but… Read Full Story

The Globe Theatre Archive

September 8, 2017 no comments

Thanks to the sterling efforts of our digital heritage volunteers the library’s collection of theatre programmes from The Globe are now available to view online! Our earliest programme dates from 1935 and the latest 1963. As a peek into a bygone era of entertainment there’s some fascinating stuff to see.… Read Full Story

Nice to see him

August 25, 2017 no comments

Like the rest of the nation we were saddened to learn of the death of Bruce Forsyth last week. No stranger to the North East, the consummate showman appeared at The Globe in 1960, and returned to the area for a longer stay at the Billingham Forum in 1978. The… Read Full Story

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