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Published 30th Apr 2018

Local History Month Returns

Middlesbrough's cultural past and heritage will be explored through an outstanding programme of events, walks, tours and talks for Local History Month.
 
This year, the month-long celebration taking place throughout May will encourage members of the public to engage with the town’s past whilst contemplating and questioning the town’s future.
 
This year, Middlesbrough’s Local History Month is as big as ever, with popular favourites such as the Magical History Tour, Raymond Kitching: The Quiet Documentarian of Middlesbrough and Putting Women on a Pedestal all returning to the line-up.
 
Whether your historical interest lies with the Victorian times, the local infrastructure, the World Wars or the theatre, there is something in the extensive programme for everyone.
 
Some of this year’s additions are unique to 2018 including Captain Cook’s 290th anniversary of his first expedition and a special football match commemorating 100 years of women’s votes.
 
Other new events include an Art Exhibition dedicated to Teesside’s Steel Industry and a three course meal to celebrate 50 years of The Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society.
 
This year’s Local History Month ties in with the re-opening of the Middlesbrough Town Hall following its multi-million pound refurbishment which has opened up areas previously inaccessible to the public.
 
There will be various events displaying the Town Hall’s history which extents back to the Victorian era. 
 
Local History Month 2018 is being run by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with Ageing Better Middlesbrough.
 
Cllr Mick Thompson, Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Once again, Middlesbrough’s Local History Month surpasses expectations. The much loved month long celebration of our heritage goes from strength to strength each year, and this year promises to be packed full of exciting events and activities.”
 
Hannah Warburton, Communications Manager at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, said: "We are really proud to be sponsoring such a fabulous programme of events in our town.
 
"Our aim is to bring people together and find ways to reduce loneliness and social isolation in people aged 50 and over - and we know that everything taking place during Local History Month is doing just that. 
 
"To keep up to date with events, activities and opportunities happening all year round, sign up to our free membership at www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk."
 
For a full programme and updates visit the Love Middlesbrough website and social media pages.



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