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The Life and Sketches of Joseph Parrott

Joseph Parrott’s life was filled with the pursuit of knowledge, in any subject which took his interest, and the desire to share that knowledge with those around him. He also completed many highly detailed sketches of Stockton, creating a snapshot of the town during the late Victorian period.

A little girl stands facing the camera with torso up in view. She is holding onto an iron gate with one hand and the other is on her waist. She is wearing a white ruffled dress with large collar and puffed sleeves at the wrist. Her dark hair goes behind her back and she wears a large white bonnet turned upwards with layers of ruffles.

Children’s Clothing

In this blog we are looking into the children’s clothing we hold in our collections. Most of the clothing we keep in our museums covers the last 200 years.

Redcar and Saltburn in Postcards

In Kirkleatham Museum’s collection there are holiday postcards of Redcar and Saltburn, collected when the towns were at their height as tourist destinations.

ICI

ICI was one of the most well-known businesses in the Tees Valley, being a large producer of chemicals, and the Billingham site also had a part to play in the Second World War.

Charles Garnett and Sons

Charles Garnett was a trained grocer who travelled to Middlesbrough in the 1890s to set up his own business. While not a household name, Garnett and Sons was nonetheless a successful business in its time and supplied drinks and confectionary to the people of the Tees Valley.

Head and shoulders picture of Ivy Close. She has a full face lit with light, looking upwards. She has a scarf over her full hairstyle coming down around her neck. She has her arms posed artistically with one on her head scarf the other on her chest

Ivy Close

Ivy Close was a Stockton born actress who was a big name in the early silent movie era.

Wren Brothers

In 1871 three brothers, Harry Horace Wren, Edmund Cecil Wren and Charles Herbert Wren, founded Wren Brothers, a manufacturing company which specialised in corn flour milling and brewing drinks and condiments. The company remained successful until its closure in the 1970s.

Ambrotype photograph of a young boy sitting with his hands clasped on his lap. Hes wearing a sailor type hat and suite. Photograph is black and white glass negative in gold frame

Ambrotype Photographs

Ambrotype is a type of early photography that was popular in the 1850s and 60s. Some lovely examples of Ambrotype photographs can be found in the collection at Preston Park Museum and Grounds.

Jack Taylor Cycles

Jack Taylor and his brothers, Ken and Norman, were cycling enthusiasts who took their passion for cycling to a new level, becoming makers of bicycles which were not only popular in Stockton but also around the world.

Family photograph showing two men in the middle and a woman sat either side of them. One man stands in his army uniform looking towards the camera whilst the other perches slightly next to him in his sailors uniform. The woman on the right is their mother and she sits with straight posture with hands together on her lap looking towards the camera. She has a small face with delicate features and her dark hair is pulled behind her in a bun. The other woman is the sister and she sits on the opposite side of the men, legs crosses, arms out beside her and she is wearing a skirt suit, her hair is pulled back behind her but she has fashionable 1930s waves around her face. She looks happy with a slight smile and large eyes.

The Mellanby Brothers: Fredrick

The Mellanby Collection tells the stories of two brothers, Robert William Mellanby and Fredrick Henry Mellanby, who both served during the Second World War.

Ralph Spark and Sons

Ralph Spark and Sons was one of the best-known bakery and café chains in the Tees Valley, and while the company is no longer in business, its legacy lives on in the Art Deco-style Daylight Bakery which still stands in Stockton.

Family photograph showing two men in the middle and a woman sat either side of them. One man stands in his army uniform looking towards the camera whilst the other perches slightly next to him in his sailors uniform. The woman on the right is their mother and she sits with straight posture with hands together on her lap looking towards the camera. She has a small face with delicate features and her dark hair is pulled behind her in a bun. The other woman is the sister and she sits on the opposite side of the men, legs crosses, arms out beside her and she is wearing a skirt suit, her hair is pulled back behind her but she has fashionable 1930s waves around her face. She looks happy with a slight smile and large eyes.

The Mellanby Brothers: Robert

The Mellanby Collection tells the stories of two brothers, Robert William Mellanby and Fredrick Henry Mellanby, who both served during the Second World War. The Collection consists of official war documents, letters, uniform and personal photographs and is now kept at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds.