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.

Due to Covid-19, all of our talks will be held online on Zoom for the forseable future.

Local History Month 2021

To attend any of these events, click the sign up link below and enter your details.


Tuesday 4 May 2021, 2pm

The Story of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, discover how the museum came about, learn about the treasures to be found in the museum and the links forged with people from countries explored by Captain Cook.

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Wednesday 5 May 2021, 2pm

The Workhouses of Stockton

Martin Peagam explores the fascinating story of the workhouses of Stockton and those who occupied them. He asks whether they were really as bad as is portrayed in Oliver Twist, or whether they provided a place of refuge and hope for those who had fallen on hard times, and asks whether we should reintroduce them today.

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Thursday 6 May 2021, 10am

Frank Wild – The Antarctic Explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic Explorer Frank Wild who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Saturday 8 May 2021, 2pm

Tales from Gisborough Priory
Christine Clarke

The often-unheard tales from one of Teesside’s best historic landmarks. Hear about Lord Gisborough’s family tree, Peter de Brus, Lucy de Twheng and the secret tunnels of Gisborough Priory.

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Tuesday 11 May 2021, 2pm

Cook 250 Lecture: Diet, Disease, and Death

A talk by Martin Peagam of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust exploring aspects of Diet, Disease, and Death as they impacted on the life and voyages of Captain James Cook.  Did he make the crew eat sauerkraut? Did he really eliminate scurvy? What actually caused his death?

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Trust

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Wednesday 12 May 2021, 2pm

Falling Over a Family; the Trechmanns of Hartlepool and Norton

Local historian Linda Polley tells the story of how her research into a house, Kiora Hall, led her into the fascinating story of a family.

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Wednesday 12 May 2021, 3pm

Celebrating The Stockton & Darlington Railway

On the 200th anniversary of Yarm resident Thomas Meynell becoming the first Chairman of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, Barry Thompson and Martin Peagam discuss whether the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Locomotion No 1 should matter to the people of Teesside.

They will consider the significance of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the role played by people from Stockton and Yarm in its creation, and the important events leading up to the opening day in 1825, including the laying of the very first rail, in Stockton.

Presented in association with The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (Stockton Group)

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Thursday 13 May 2021, 10am

Frank Wild -The Antarctic Explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic Explorer Frank Wild who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Thursday 13 May 2021, 2pm

The Teesside International Brigades Memorial

Tony Fox, of the International Brigades Memorial Trust, tells the story of the Teesside International Brigades Memorial, which is now in Middlesbrough Town Hall, he’ll be explaining: the role local volunteers played in the XV International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, the unique story of the memorial plaques production, loss and recovery and how the Volunteers have been commemorated.

Presented in association with the International Brigades Memorial Trust

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Friday 14 May 2021, 2pm

A Brief History of ‘Maxwell’s Corner’, Stockton

Eleanor Blyth and Fiona Riley of the Stockton BC Townscape Heritage Project provide an insight into the long and interesting history of the area now fondly known as ‘Maxwell’s Corner’, and provide an brief insight into work being carried out and future engagement opportunities available as part of the Townscape Heritage Project.

Presented in association with the Stockton BC Townscape Heritage Project

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Tuesday 18 May 2021, 10am

The Women’s Football Cup 1918

In the year that is the 100th anniversary of women being banned from playing football and also the 50th anniversary of that ban being lifted, the editor of the Boro Fanzine, Fly Me To The Moon, and local historian Martin Peagam discuss how local women embraced football during the First World War and how a packed Ayresome Park hosted a cup final between two women’s teams.

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Tuesday 18 May 2021, 4pm

No Rest for the Wicked

A live Zoom talk by Richard Taylor of Ripon Museum Trust, which manages the Workhouse Museum, Prison & Police Museum and Courthouse Museum in Ripon. The talk explains how the museums came about and what visitors can expect to find there.

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** Postponed from the original date of 7th May


Thursday 20 May 2021, 10am

Frank Wild -The Antarctic Explorer from Skelton

In three videos to be shown during Local History Month, and in advance of exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum of artefacts associated with his life and travels, we will learn about the Antarctic Explorer Frank Wild who was born in Skelton and who took part in no less than four expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1922.

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Thursday 20 May 2021, 2pm

William Gileard Brown

Chris Corbett of Teesside Archives talks about the William Gileard Brown collection held by Teesside Archives.

Presented in association with Teesside Archives

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Saturday 22 May 2021, 2pm

The Silent Warriors of Teesport
Phil Philo

The book Silent Warriors of Teesport by John Watson tells the fascinating story of a much-neglected submarine flotilla based on the River Tees throughout the First World War. This illustrated talk is delivered by Phil Philo.

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Tuesday 25 May 2021, 2pm

Cook250: The First Voyage and its Significance

What was the significance of the First Voyage undertaken by James Cook?

Phil Philo considers this question in an entertaining and informative talk.

Presented in association with The Captain Cook Birthplace Trust

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Wednesday 26 May 2021, 2pm

Two Villages in North Stockton

Martin Peagam delves into the intriguing origins of two estates Roseworth and Hardwick – and finds that they were inspired by a vision of creating two villages similar to Hartburn and Norton.

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Thursday 27 May 2021, 2pm

The River Tees crossings during the Bishops’ and Civil Wars, 1639-44

Phil Philo of the Battlefield Trust considers the role played by the River Tees crossings – ‘the most directe and sure way and passage for the Kinge or Sovraigne Lordes armye and ordynance’ –  during the Bishops’ and Civil Wars, 1639-44’

Presented in association with The Battlefield Trust

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Friday 28 May 2021, 2pm

On the High Street: From Blair’s Home to Robinson’s Emporium

Eleanor Blyth and Fiona Riley of the Stockton BC Townscape Heritage Project provide an insight into one particular address on Stockton High Street and how it reflects the ever-changing nature of the High Street, and provide a brief insight into work being carried out and future engagement opportunities available as part of the Townscape Heritage Project.

Presented in association with the Stockton BC Townscape Heritage Project

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Saturday 29 May, 9:30am-2:30pm

Care and Conflict – Cleveland and Teesside in the Twentieth Century
Day School (part of Local History Month)

Various Speakers

Programme includes:

Middlesbrough in World War 1
Paul Menzies

Man at the Back – Lord Tom Sawyer
Christopher Massey

No Place for Terrorists – Teesside and Women’s Suffrage
Martin F Peagam

Care Between Conflict: Stockton in Hard Times
John Little     

FREE (donations welcomed)

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How to Attend

Sign up for any of the talks via the Sign Up To Attend links above.

Each talk is held on Zoom (apart from pre-recorded videos). You will receive a link prior to the event which will be easy to use. You can attend the talk from any computer, tablet or smartphone with access to the internet.