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

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.

Oval shaped black and white dish with decorated base

Stafford Pottery

Between the 1820s and early 1900s, Stafford Pottery in Stockton created high quality ceramic wares. But their business practices brought them a touch of notoriety.

The Transit of Venus

The aim of Captain Cook's first voyage was to witness the Transit of Venus across the Sun in 1769. At the same time Captain Cook observed the Transit in Tahiti, a local North Yorkshire gentleman did the same from England.

Head an shoulders photo of a man with a white beard

William Thomas Stead

William Thomas Stead was editor of the Northern Echo Newspaper in Darlington, and he pioneered new journalism techniques. He tackled many taboo subjects, such as prostitution, slums, poverty, politics and military intervention.

a woman stands in a Victorian chemist

For Better or Worse

The 1800s saw the commercial birth of the 'Quack Doctor' who took advantage of the many diseases sweeping the country and decimating the population. However if the diseases didn’t kill you, what you took to cure it might well have finished you off...

Inspired by the medical collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds we investigate these so called 'cure-alls'.

a group of men in top hats pose for a photograph

Henry Pease – To Russia With Peace

What could possibly link the Crimean war and the Tsar of Russia to a small town in the Tees Valley? The answer is one man – Mr Henry Pease.

Painting of trees alongside a stream

The Howeys, Father and Son Painters

John William Howey was a landscape artist from Hartlepool. His son, Robert Leslie Howey also became an artist.

Saint Hild and Hartlepool Abbey

Saint Hilda’s Church in Hartlepool is believed to be what is left of an abbey that once stood on the headland. It is named so after the Abbess who managed the site during the 7th Century.

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Margaret Green

Margaret Green is one of Hartlepool's most successful artists. She is known for her paintings of everyday life and was married to the artist Lionel Bulmer.