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”.  

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

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