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

Ivor Cummings

For Black History Month we celebrate the life of Ivor Cummings, a man from Hartlepool who helped to settle the Windrush Generation in the United Kingdom in 1948.

Old Meg, the Witch of Thorpe

For Halloween this year we tell you the tale of Old Meg, a 17th Century Witch living in Thorpe, a village in Norton.

Thomas Sheraton

Thomas Sheraton was one of the most famous English furniture designers of the 18th Century, along with George Hepplewhite and Thomas Chippendale.

Head and shoulders portrait in black and white showing a young man with thick set eyebrows, oval eyes, full lips and a straight noes. Overall a slim face looking directly into the camera, with a high necked white collar and low set black tie.

Crime and Punishment: Mr George Gillson

In this blog series we are looking at some of the objects held in the museums linked to crime and punishment. This time we're telling one of the more unusual stories of crime which happened in Stockton-On-Tees.

In the depths of Preston Park Museum and Grounds archives we came across the curious story of Mr George Gillson.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Today we pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her passing, looking back at her life and some of the objects we hold in our collections.

Maurice Elvey

Maurice Elvey was the most prolific director in the British film industry, having directed almost 200 films in over 40 years.

Crime and Punishment: Mug Shots

In this blog series we are looking at some of the objects held in the museums linked to crime and punishment. Preston Park Museum and Ground and Hartlepool Museum Service are both lucky to hold Victorian and Edwardian ‘mug shot’ photographs, as well as other material linked to policing, crime, and criminals in the local area.

This time we are looking into our 'mug shot' collections.

When the Boat Comes In

This month Hartlepool Art Gallery opened a new exhibition, When the Boat Comes In, showcasing the variety of maritime artworks the Gallery has.

North Shore Pottery

James Smith, the brother of the infamous Stockton potter William Smith, founded North Shore Pottery in Stockton in the 1840s which was an exporter of ceramic wares both locally and across the world.

Locos and Lemon Tops

This month we are shining a light on one of our newly opened exhibitions at Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum. Holidays to the seaside are a big part of many of our lives, from children exited to going to the beach to spending time with the family, fish and chips, arcades, and the all-important ice-cream. Many people shared their memories of seaside holidays for the exhibition, and we will be sharing some of their stories here too.

The Queen in Stockton and Middlesbrough 1956

Three years after her Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II made a Royal visit to Stockton and Middlesbrough on her way to Sweden.

Celebrating the Coronation in the Tees Valley

On Tuesday 2nd June 1953 the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey, and across the country towns and cities celebrated the occasion.