Heritage Open Days 2023

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Make It More Middlesbrough – Opening event

Sat 9th September, 11am – 4pm at The Masham, 27 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RL

Unwrapping just how creative Middlesbrough can be, we’re launching a new exhibition and events programme to explore just that!

Make It More Middlesbrough is a creative exhibition and events programme, inspired by Middlesbrough and the people and places in it.

We’ll be sharing the work of artists and creatives and offering opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in activity programmes, meet new people and perhaps get to know Middlesbrough and its heritage a little bit better. Our exhibition will grow and develop during the exhibition programme, allowing people to share their own stories and creative responses with each other and the public.

Everyone welcome. Exhibition open Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am-4pm until 7th October

Spatial Archive with Connor Clements

Saturday 9th September, 11am – 3pm at Teesside Archives, The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS5 6LA

Come and see how Connor Clements is bringing lost buildings and spaces to life through new technology with Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter as inspiration!

Connor will be sharing his ongoing work as part of the first phase of this research by exhibiting approaches to reinterpreting archival material. Prints and interactive VR walk throughs of modelled spaces in progress will be available for viewing, with visitors invited to offer feedback to support the further development of this virtual spatial archive. This is also an opportunity to view the original plans of the Royal Exchange, a lost building from the heart of Middlesbrough.

Drop in event throughout the day

Meet the Playwright Alan Spence

Saturday 9th September, 11am – 1pm at Teesside Archives, The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS5 6LA

Teesside Archives host an event with author of the highly acclaimed Boro play – The BORO’s 37mins for the launch of his new book Nowt Like This in America, an untold history of the 1980’s Steel strike – the story of a family, a community and an industry.

Alan will read extracts from his book and plays and will be happy to sign copies and answer any questions from the audience.

The architect who designed most of Middlesbrough – well quite a bit of it anyway –  Mr William Henry Blessley (1841-1936)

Thursday 14th September, 1-3pm at Commerce House, 1 Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 1DE

Join Middlesbrough born local historian, author and photographer Ian Stubbs for an illustrated talk about William Henry Blessley in the former banking chambers of Commerce House in the heart of Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter.

William Henry Blessley was a Victorian architect, little known today but he did an awful lot of work in the town of Middlesbrough and the locality and a number of his attractive buildings still remain to this day including several listed buildings in the town’s Historic Quarter.

Book your place here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/william-henry-blessley-the-architect-who-designed-most-of-middlesbrough-tickets-693615742357

Commerce House Art Open Day

Friday 15th September, 10am-2pm at Commerce House, 1 Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 1DE

Visit Commerce House for an opportunity to explore the work of local artists within their Grade 2 listed building.

Invited artists will present works for this special one day event which will offer visitors insights into their creative process and the inspiration behind the works. Visitors will also be guided around the building which features many permanent art works including paintings, photographs and ceramics.

Drop in event.

Creative pedestrian crossing commission for Zetland Road

Friday 15th September, 11am-1pm at The Masham, 27 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RL.

Join Aphra O’Connor to see the final stage designs for a new creative pedestrian crossing for Zetland Road as part the improvement and development of public spaces in Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter through the High Street Heritage Action Zone.

Inspired by the areas architectural heritage and features, Aphra has been exploring colour and pattern to create designs which will be feature on the road surface leading out from the soon to be extended pedestrian tunnel at Middlesbrough Railway Station onto Zetland Road.

Drop in event.

By Bread Alone

Saturday 16th September, 11am-1pm at The Masham, 27 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RL.

A talk by local writer and historian – p.a. morbid on two very different but equally important cultural entities – The Oddfellows Hall on Bridge Street West and Middlesbrough Winter Garden on Dundas Street.

The buildings which housed these no longer exist and but when they were most active, they provided a focus for culture in the town and were both, until recently, largely forgotten since the demolition of both buildings.

Bookable via email to hiddenmbro@navigatornorth.com

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