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

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

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