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

Chartism, the Workers’ Fight for Rights – Part 1

The Chartist Movement, which occurred across the country between the late 1830s and late 1850s, was Britain’s first mass working class movement for voting and parliamentary rights. This series of blogs will tell the history of how the movement took place in our area, specifically Darlington, Stockton, and Middlesbrough.

This first part in a series of three blogs will investigate what the Chartist Movement was, how it came about, and how the early years of the movement in Stockton and Darlington occurred.

Thomas Hutchinson and his Wonderful Book Collection

In this blog we are exploring a beautiful collection of books that was donated to Preston Park Museum and Grounds in the 1970s. Collected by one man over 25 years, the collection spans over 2,500 books of various literary works.

Women’s Underclothing: Bras

In part four of our blog series on the history of woman's underwear we are looking at the development of the bra, how woman went from corsets to bras and we are looking at the bras we hold in our collections.

Women’s Underclothes: Corsets

In the third of our four part blog on the history of women's underclothes we are looking at corsets! Why did women wear corsets and what did they look like? Find out in this bog as we look at the corset collections we hold.

Drawing of a woman in her long underwear wearing a crinoline cage who is being attended to a young girl also wearing a crinoline cage. The woman is staring at her reflection in a full length mirror.

Women’s Underclothing: Crinoline Cages

In this second blog of our history of woman's underclothing we are looking at the famous crinoline cage! An unusual garment, this skirt cage was usually made of metal to give skirts an extra large look.

Women’s Underclothing: Knickers & Stockings

In the first of our four part blog on the history of women's underclothes we are looking at the history of knickers and stockings, how they came to be and what we hold in our museums collections.

Cliff House Pottery – Leaf plates and Mary Brett’s Tobacco Jar

Recently we took part in a deep clean of the Museum of Hartlepool, and this gave us the opportunity to get up-close with some of our favourite objects from the collection, in particular the leaf plates and tobacco jar produced by Cliff House Pottery.

Valentines Day Traditions

This Valentines Day we are exploring our collections and looking at how the traditions we now associate with Valentines Day came to be.

The Middlesbrough Meteorite

In March 1881 a meteorite fell to Middlesbrough in what is one of the strangest occurrences for the town, and one that caught the attention of NASA.

Philippa is looking up to the camera, she is wearing a shirt with a large collar. Her grey hair is partnered down the middle.

Philippa Ruth Foot (nee Bosanquet)

Philippa Foot (nee Bosenquet) grew up in the beautiful building that now houses Kirkleatham Museum. The granddaughter of an American President she grew up to become a famous philosopher.

In this blog we are taking a closer look at Philippa's life and her connection to Kirkleatham.

Frank Hornby and Train Toys

For Christmas we look back at Frank Hornby, one of the biggest toy manufacturers in England and the toys he made that are a part of our museum’s collections.

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools 1914

On the morning of Wednesday 16th December 1914 Hartlepool and West Hartlepool were attacked by three German Navy warships. The attack lasted 40 minutes and resulted in the deaths of 114 civilians, nine soldiers and seven sailors.