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”.  

Suffrage and Stockton at 100

February 9, 2018 no comments

This week saw the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act. While universal suffrage was still ten years away, the Act enfranchised a sizable proportion of Britain’s women (those aged over 30 with property qualifications), proving to be a significant moment in the history of… Read Full Story

Industrial Teesside Book Launch

February 3, 2018 no comments

This week we were delighted to welcome Dr. Jon Warren back to the library for the launch of his new book Industrial Teesside, Lives and Legacies.  Much of the content for the book came from workshops Jon facilitated throughout the area focusing on those who lived and worked during the… Read Full Story

Industrial Teesside Photography Exhibition

January 25, 2018 no comments

If you head up to the Reference Library this month you’ll be able to experience an evocative and timely exhibition of photographs from Michele Allan and Jon Warren. Taken to accompany Jon’s forthcoming book Industrial Teesside: Lives and Legacies the images document the current landscape of an area still emerging… Read Full Story

Head Wrightson Photographic Archive

January 12, 2018 3 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

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