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Interview with a 1914 Policewoman

We asked some of our Police Station volunteers at Preston Park Museum about what it is like to be a police constable in 1895.

Women Artists of the Clephan Collection – Part 1

The Clephan Collection, the largest collection of artworks kept at Preston Park Museum, was bequeathed to Stockton Council in the 1930s. Unusually for an art collection, it was donated by two women and includes paintings by at least nine women artists. This first part looks into four of the women artists of the collection.

Portrait of Miss Clephan by Monica Taylor

Annie Clephan and Jane Paget

The Clephan Collection, the largest collection of artworks kept at Preston Park Museum, was bequeathed to Stockton Council in the 1930s. Unusually for an art collection, it was donated by two women and includes over a hundred paintings.

Two men from the Socialites group study artwork and printing materials

Printmaking at Preston Park

In the weeks before our lives were turned upside down, the 'Socialites', a group for visually impaired adults in the Tees Valley began taking part in a series of workshops with artist Suzie Devey at Preston Park Museum and Grounds.

A male volunteer in Victorian clothing working a printing press at preston park museum and grounds

The Printing Press

Preston Park Museum’s collection of printing press equipment carries with it a rich history of printing. This history spans as far back as ancient China and leads up to our present-day use of typing.

Dorman Long and Newport Bridge

The Tees Valley during its industrial heyday was home to many iron and steel-making companies. One of the most successful and recognisable was Dorman Long and Co. It was in the 1920s when the company began to specialise in building bridges and they constructed one of the most recognisable bridges in Middlesbrough - Newport Bridge.

Front profile photograph of a woman with short waved hair, a rounded set face, rather stern

Katherine Maria Pease

Katherine Maria Pease Routledge was a Darlington born archaeologist and explorer best known for her ground-breaking work on Easter Island in the early 19th Century.

The River Tees

It is the River which the Tees Valley is named after, and it has seen much change in both its industrial importance and the wildlife which lives in it.

page of cursive handwriting

Robert Robinson’s Diaries

Held in the collection at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum are three hand written diaries belonging to early railway engineer, Robert Robinson.

picture of Chick Henderson from one of his concerts

Chick Henderson

After finding a Joe Loss and his Band record we were inspired to learn more about Hartlepool's Chick Henderson. Although not a well known name today, that wasn't the case in the 1930s.

coloured drawing of a small blue bird sitting on a holly branch

Little Works of Art

In the archive collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds, we found these little autograph albums filled to the brim with sketches, jokes, poems and advice. Here we take a closer look at these little works of art.

group picture of the north eastern railway womens football team 1915 - 1918

Women, Munitions and Football in Darlington

In this article we take a look at women’s football and how it found fame during the First World War.