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Packett Prize Winner Announced!

The winner of the £250 first prize for the 2017 Packett Prize Competition is Peter McCarthy. The winning essay is entitled ‘The Eight Streets of Grangetown: immigration, assimilation and dissemination’. The judges considered this to be a scholarly addition to local knowledge and our shared history. The essay met the competition’s brief to a very

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The Packett Prize

We were delighted to receive four essays as entries to the Packett Prize Competition. The essays embraced a wide range of topics and periods of history, and included some excellent original research. The results of the competition will be announced in due course, and the essays will be published in Cleveland History and the Newsletter.

The Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 8 April 2017. We had a good turn-out of Members and they received reports on the work that has been done by the Committee on their behalf and on plans for the future. The existing Committee were all re-elected. The AGM was followed by two excellent talks

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The Ironmasters Were Youngsters!

Fascinating and sometimes unexpected, the things you learn at lectures. I once learned how to make poteen using boot polish and a gas meter at a Sociology lecture (just so you know I never turned theory into practice, and I have long ago forgotten what I learned). At a lecture entitled ‘From Roman Nails to

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Cook’s Cottage – but not the one in Australia!

Timing is everything. The same weekend as the Society hosted a lecture entitled ‘The search for Cook’s Cottage’, considerable interest in the subject of houses possibly lived in by Captain James Cook, arguably the greatest explorer that ever lived, was sparked by two events elsewhere. Firstly, as the Evening Gazette reported, a tourist attraction in

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WHAT WAS TEESSIDE LIKE 350 YEARS AGO?

WHAT WAS TEESSIDE LIKE 350 YEARS AGO? NORTH EAST ENGLAND DURING THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY Details have been announced about the Day School the Society is holding, in partnership with Teesside University Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research on Saturday 11 March 2017. The theme of the Day School is ‘North East England in the

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The Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture – 3rd December

The Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture ‘Nature and Industry on the Tees’ Saturday December 3rd 2016 10.30am Dorman Museum Middlesbrough TS5 6LA Every year a lecture is held which celebrates and remembers the life and works of Frank Elgee. This year’s Elgee Memorial Lecture is to be delivered by Dr Robert Woods, the Director of the Industry

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Major Discovery at Fountains Abbey!

  Remarkable ground-penetrating technology has revealed more than 500 graves of Cistercian monks and lay brothers who once lived at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. Geophysical techniques and ground-penetrating radar have formed part of a major research project at the World Heritage Site, adding new details about the life of the monastic community and their burial

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