The Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society operates an active and varied programme.

We provide regular talks and day-schools on a wide variety of topics and covering every period of history, from Anglo Saxon and Roman times to Victorian and Twentieth Century developments.

Details of our current programme of talks are provided below.

We also hold walks and visits to places of interest to our Members. These are only open to Society members: for details click here.



Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 8.00pm

Talk – The Shell Steel Crisis and the Contribution of Redcar’s Dr. John Stead

Western Front Association

Buffs Social Club – 60, Norton Road, Stockton on Tees TS18 2BX

The speakers will be Roy Widdowson & Sue Parker The shell shortages experienced by the BEF and reaching crisis levels by May 1915 are well known. Not covered by Historians is the influence the German naval bombardment of the North East Coast on the 16th December 1914 had on allowing increased UK shell production.

This resulted from Dr John Stead’s analysis of shell fragments from the bombardment allowing revision of steel specifications, confirmed by realistic testing.

A buffet is included. Suggested donation £3.00


Guided Walks in Loftus Area – organised by Loftus ACCORD Walking Group; they’re free of charge and no booking is needed. Loftus is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses. There’s free parking at South View, off North Road TS13 4JL. For more information phone 01287 641000, email or visit

Thursday 13 July Grinkle Mine. Meet at lay-by near Red House Farm at bottom of Boulby Bank (NZ767185) 1.00pm for a circular walk of about four miles with Simon Chapman to the former Grinkle Mine. This woodland walk of about three hours includes climbs and stiles. The start point is close to the route of Arriva X4 bus service.

Saturday 22 July Street House. Meet outside Loftus Town Hall 6.15pm for a circular walk of about five miles with Dr Stephen Sherlock to the site of recent archaeological excavations. Please be ready for a muddy walk of up to three hours with climbs and stiles.

Wednesday 23 August Geological Exploration. Meet outside Loftus Town Hall 10.15am for a walk of about four miles with Alan Simkins, exploring geological features in local woods. This walk is expected to last about four hours so bring refreshments.


Winter Programme

Saturday 23rd September 2017                                                                      FREE



Speaker: Sophia Stovall

1130-1230                      St. HELEN’S CHURCH, ESTON

Speaker: Sylvia Fairbrass

 Venue: Middlesbrough College, Dock Street, Middlesbrough



Saturday 4th November 2017                                                                       FREE 


1000-1100                              CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE

Speakers: Ian Pearce

1130-1230                        PICTURES OF STOCKTON PAST

Speaker: Alan Betteney

 Venue: The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough


Saturday 2nd December 2017                                                                             FREE

1030                     THE ELGEE MEMORIAL LECTURE


Speaker: Robin Daniels

Venue: The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough


Saturday 3rd February 2018                                                                               FREE 

1000-1100                   THE RETURN OF ROSEDALE RAILWAY

Speaker: Geoffrey Taylor (NYMNP)

1130-1230                       THE RUDD FAMILY OF MARTON

Speaker: Charley Phillips

 Venue: The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough


Saturday 7th April 2018                                                                                   FREE


1000-1015                          ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Speaker: Eric Taylor

1145-1245        17th and 18th CENTURY NORTHALLERTON WILLS

                                             Speaker: Dorothy Edwards


Venue: Middlesbrough College, Dock Street, Middlesbrough