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black and white picture of women riveting an engine during the second world war

Darlington Locomotive Works in WW2

North Road Locomotive Works in Darlington played a big part in the local community. Here we look at a photograph held in the Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum collection and explore the role of women in the works during the Second World War.

Three wax cylinders

The Edison Wax Cylinders

These wax cylinders are held in the collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds and are a fascinating insight into how our ancestors listened to music. This was the beginning of the commercial trade of pre-recorded music from some of the favourite performers of the time. Even better they could listen to theses performances in the comfort of their own homes.

Gertrude Bell and the Law of Excavation

Gertrude Bell is known for her part in the First World War as a diplomat and spy, and in the creation of Iraq, but she was also an important figure in preserving the country’s history and for founding a Museum before the end of her life.

A look at the top half of a 1910's maid dress. made of cotton twill with thin red and white strips with 6 pearl buttons down the front.

The Maids Dress, 1910s

This dress is one of two domestic service dresses kept in the collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds. It’s a heavy garment made from red and white striped cotton twill a robust material made to sustain lots of wear and tear. It has 6 pearl buttons down the front with a high neck fastening.

Richard Pickersgill

Richard Pickersgill had been a talented member of the British Admiralty and Captain Cook’s crews. But his life and career were tragically cut short.

White marble statue showing the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders by Giovanni Battista Lombardi.

Susannah and the Elders Statue

This beautiful sculpture was created in 1874 by Giovanni Battista Lombardi in Rome and is now held in the Cultural Services, Hartlepool Borough Council collection. It depicts the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders which appears in the Old Testament in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

George M’Gonigle

George M'Gonigle was the Medical Officer for Health for Middlesbrough and Stockton-On-Tees in the 1920s and 1930s. His efforts to improve health and welfare changed the lives of the towns' people.

Open wooden case holding a thin silver medical tube and a black tube next to it

The Cystoscope

In this blog we will be looking into a very unusual object from the Cultural Services, Hartlepool Borough Council collection.

Women Artists of the Clephan Collection – Part 2

The Clephan Collection is the largest collection of artworks kept at Preston Park Museum and 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 second part looks into the remaining five women artists of the collection.

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 is the largest collection of artworks kept at Preston Park Museum and 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.