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.

Winter 2023/24 Programme

Our Winter programme includes a mix of in-person and online lectures on a variety of history subjects. We’d love you to join us for these free talks. Details below:

Saturday 20 April 2024 – 10am

** Note Change of Venue **

Venue: St Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough

Annual General Meeting

The Treasures of Gisborough Priory
Tales of some of the important items from Gisborough Priory. Learn about the processional cross, which became an object of concealment after the Dissolution and many other objects from one of our region’s best-loved historic buildings.
Speaker: Christine Clarke

Slaughter in Co. Durham: 844 and Viking Massacre at Bishop Auckland
A bloody battle was once fought in Bishop Auckland in which the king of Northumbria was slain, his army was massacred, and the victorious Viking invaders then celebrated by committing “plunder, rapine and slaughter everywhere”. Everyone knows about 1066 and the death of King Harold, but now we can add another battle to the list. Besides Hastings and 1066, we can talk about Bishop Auckland and 844. What happened there was just as dramatic, and should get Bishop Auckland into all the history books.
Speaker: Dr Andrew Breeze

* New Date Saturday 18 May 2024 – 10:30am

Online Talk (Zoom)

All At Sea; Exploring maritime records and stories from Teesside Archives
The sea forms an important part of our region’s identity, with our history of shipbuilding and marine navigation. Christine Corbett of Teesside Archives looks at some of the maritime records and stories held in their collection.
Speaker: Christine Corbett

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Summer 2024 Programme

During the warmer months we try to arrange a selection of visits and walks around our local heritage. This year we have the following events for members:

Wednesday 21 August 2024 – 10am

Lost Railway Stations between Stockton and Middlesbrough Walk

Join historian Michael Thompson on a guided walk along part of the Black Path between Middlesbrough and South Bank. It will take in elements such as World War II history, lost railway stations, Middlesbrough’s docks, local landmarks and industrial history.

The walk is around 3 miles, with lots of stops along the way.

Limited to 15 spaces. Please email to express interest.

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