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Loftus Town Crier WWI Special Edition

This is a Special Edition to commemorate the first World War, all the research has been done by Loftus Family History Group over many months. They have been able to find information on most but not quite all of the brave men who gave their lives for King and Country who’s names are on the War Memorial.

The water fountain has also been painstakingly restored to a very high standard by people who have worked so hard to get funding and find skilled workmen to carry the restoration work out.

Half Term Events at the Museum

Friday 31st October

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Weird and Wonderful Underground

???????????????????????????????Free creative drop in Big Draw event for families. Create weird and wonderful creatures to live in an underground world of mines. Take your creation home or leave it to decorate the Museum for Tales in the Tunnel in the evening.

 6:30 – 8:30 pm (last tour)

Halloween: Tales in the Tunnels
???????????????????????????????Come and join us for another hauntingly good night of fun and scares. Take a tour with a difference through a ‘haunted’ mine with characters telling scary tales along the way.

Whilst waiting for, or after, their tour visitors can sit and listen to folk rock group Stormcrow and some of their associates with songs picked to match the mood; with pirates and monsters.
Entry Adults £4.00   Children £2.00  (less suitable for under 7’s)

Half Term Events at the Museum

Friday 31st October

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Weird and Wonderful Underground

???????????????????????????????Free creative drop in Big Draw event for families. Create weird and wonderful creatures to live in an underground world of mines. Take your creation home or leave it to decorate the Museum for Tales in the Tunnel in the evening.

 6:30 – 8:30 pm (last tour)

Halloween: Tales in the Tunnels
???????????????????????????????Come and join us for another hauntingly good night of fun and scares. Take a tour with a difference through a ‘haunted’ mine with characters telling scary tales along the way.

Whilst waiting for, or after, their tour visitors can sit and listen to folk rock group Stormcrow and some of their associates with songs picked to match the mood; with pirates and monsters.
Entry Adults £4.00   Children £2.00  (less suitable for under 7’s)

Marine Ecology Workshop

Friday October 10th  9:30 – 15:30

Join with Paula Lightfoot, experienced marine ecologist, with the Yorkshire Naturalists Union for a day developing identification skills using the rocky shore at Skinningrove and indoors at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. No previous knowledge required.

Please bring outdoor clothes, wellington boots and a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be available for purchase.

We meet at 9.30 am at the Museum for a short briefing before walking down to the shore. The morning will be spent on the shore returning for lunch at the Museum. The afternoon will be spent indoors looking more closely at identification features of seaweeds and other materials collected during the morning. Attendees will also be shown how to press seaweeds.

Although there is no formal charge for the day donations would be most welcome.

Please book places with Jean Banwell on 01287 642 877 or email  jean@ironstonemusuem.co.uk .

This is a full day workshop in association with the Yorkshire Naturalists Union.

Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture : Our Faraday Lectures

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Exploring scientists over time with a link to our area

Saturday 27th September 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

KasKane Cafe (adjacent to the Museum car park)

Admission free, all welcome.

From the September 27th till November, the Museum will be celebrating Michael Faraday’s visit to Loftus with an exhibition about him, Loftus alum works and Louis Hunton, a young pioneering geologist whose father worked at the Loftus alum works.

The highlight of the exhibition will be original portraits of Faraday alone and in association with his scientific contemporaries on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition will officially open on the 27th of September at 2pm following The Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture; which this year will be our own version of the ‘Faraday Lectures’ exploring scientists over time with a link to our area. Local historian Peter Appleton will start the lectures talking about Michael Faraday and links to our area before the ironstone mining and Geologist Denis Goldring will talk about scientists at the time of ironstone mining.

The exhibition is part of a programme of activities running alongside other Tees Valley Museums called Making a Mark which explores how the Tees Valley made its mark on Britain through the lives and work of local people.

We are very grateful to the following for assisting with the exhibition;
Arts Council Schools and Museums Partnership – Making a Mark Tees Valley Museums;
The National Portrait Gallery as the National Partner in the Making a Mark Programme;
Kirkleatham Museum as lead partner in Making a Mark, and for the loan of fossils;
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust for the loan of alum exhibition material, alum works diorama, and fossil exhibits;
NE Yorkshire Geology Trust and Mike Windle for their support and loan of the Lewis Hunton exhibition;
Peter Appleton whose idea it was and for assistance with information for the panels relating to Faraday and his Audio Visual sequence; Graham Banwell for his co-ordination of the exhibits and production of the final panels that relate to Faraday and finally the team of volunteers, and staff at the Museum for their contribution to assembling the exhibition.

Annual Review and Celebration

The East Cleveland Online social enterprise is now one year old. We had our first “Annual Celebration” at Freebrough Academy on Thursday evening. You can see my opening presentation here http://bit.ly/ecolagm After that we had brief presentations from the groups present. Some very interesting discussions ensued and we though it would  be nice to do this again. Perhaps two or three groups could take a longer slot to present their project(s) and maybe host the event at your venue. If you would like to do this please contact me direct on s.d.thompson@tees.ac.uk