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Here you can find interesting local stories from the collections in our museums.

A pill box with the title Femodene next to the strip of pills in there foil containers.

The Pill and the Eugenics Movement

The Pill is remembered as a revolutionary advancement in the woman's movement towards greater independence and freedom. But did the people who invent the Pill have the best of intentions at heart?

Henriette Ronner-Knip’s Cat Paintings

Henriette Ronner-Knip is known for her paintings of animals, especially cats, and five of her paintings are part of the art collection of Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Services.

Sir William Gray the Draper

This Christmas we are taking a look at the drapery business that launched the successful career of one of Hartlepool's most famous men, Sir William Gray. Featuring some Christmas Present flyers from his high class stores, this story shines a light on one of Hartlepool's greatest business.

Raid on the North East Coast, 1916

During the First World War England sometimes came under attack by German Army Zeppelins, which could be terrifying and destructive, but they were not unbeatable. This is the story of one shot down by Sub-Lieutenant Ian Pyott of Seaton Carew RAF base.

Two women and one man look into the camera linking arms and smiling celebrating the end of the First World War.

Peace Day Celebrations in Stockton

On the 11th November 1918, at 5am in the morning the armistice was signed marking the end of the First World War. The war had been raging for four and a half years, changing the very landscape of British society, killing and injuring millions across the globe.

Officially though the war ended for definite with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, and in July, Britain celebrated.

Ichthyosaurs, Sea Monsters of the Coast

For Halloween we are looking at a prehistoric monster that once lived many millions of years ago and whose remains continue to be found on our coast to this day.

A view of a painting cropped to show a lady's deep blue silk dress with her hands in her lap, one flower in hand.

The Ghost of Lady Gerard

For many a century the ghost of Lady Gerard, sometimes called Jerrett, has been said to haunt Darlington Town Centre. In fact, her story is quite possibly the most famous ghost story in the town. For Halloween this year we are going to relay the bloody story of Lady Gerard and see if it holds up to historical scrutiny.

The Commondale Brickworks and Pottery

In the 1860s a pottery and brickworks was set up in the village of Commondale. The pottery was short-lived but produced some memorable wares, and bricks with ‘Commondale’ in them can be found around North Yorkshire and the North East.

The Arosa Hosiery Factory in West Hartlepool

In this blog we are looking into the fascinating history of The Arosa Factory in West Hartlepool. The Arosa Factory specialised in making nylon hosiery and they produced many wonderful photographs of the factories workers making stockings, the new technologies used in their creation and the catwalks they held to promote there stock.

Trooper Alan Lynn and Fort Montbarey, 1944

Alan Lynn from West Hartlepool fought in one of the most strategic battles of World War Two, the capture and liberation of Fort Montbarey in France in 1944. This battle helped to secure the end of Nazi occupation in Europe.

A woman stands looking over a white crib with a baby lied inside awake. She has her right hand on the babies body and smiles down at it. She has short black hair with finger waves.

Milk: the Historical Dangers of Feeding Babies

Feeding a baby sounds like a simple thing to do, after all, they only drink milk. But before the invention of powdered milk, how did mothers cope when breastfeeding wasn't an option for them? The alternatives available throughout history could have deadly consequences.

Rachel Smith

While Christopher Dresser is known for being the designer of many art ceramics of the Linthorpe Pottery, the making of his wares was carried out by a large team of workers who lived locally in Middlesbrough. Rachel Smith was one of them and she left her personal mark on some of the pieces held at Dorman Museum.