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Museum Update After over two years of architects, contractors, demolition and rebuilding, Preston Park Museum & Grounds has finally reached completion of a major £7million redevelopment. Set to reopen its doors at the end of July 2012, the Grade II listed Hall will reveal a complete transformation – from the restoration of the building itself through to an exciting redisplay of the collection throughout the Museum. There will also be improved access and facilities including lifts to all floors, a stunning new gift shop and traditional Victorian tearoom. Meanwhile, the original Victorian walled kitchen garden has been brought back into use through new greenhouses, wall repairs and the ongoing planting of a traditional orchard.

Volunteering If you would like to volunteer with us there are plenty of opportunities available in a variety of areas, from regular room stewarding and gardening, to helping with school and family workshops. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on (01642) 526474 for more information. Alternatively visit

Sneak Peek Museum Tours For those who simply can’t wait, staff will be offering a series of Sneak Peek tours throughout July, giving people the chance to preview the exciting new visitor offer which the last two years has achieved. Pre-booking essential as spaces are limited. For further details contact the Visitor Services Team on (01642) 527335. Dates: Wednesday 4th July 10.30am & 1.30pm (approx 1hr 30min) Saturday 7th July 10.30am & 1.30pm (approx 1hr 30min) Monday 9th July 6.00pm (approx 1hr 30min) Tuesday 17th July 1.00pm-3.00pm, Making a Mess Under 5’s Club preview (drop in craft and short tours). 1

Exhibitions Temporary Exhibitions Gallery Personal Best: Stories of Stockton’s Sporting Successes 27th July – 2nd September

This summer, in the spirit of the 2012 Olympic Games, we will explore Stockton’s own sporting success. Our opening exhibition showcases a fascinating mix of objects, photographs and stories of both club and individual achievements. Take the opportunity to discover what local sports you can get involved in too.

Team photo of Stockton A.F.C., winners of the 190203 FA Amateur Cup

Jemma Lowe, swimmer at 2012 London Olympics

Tomorrow’s Yesterday 11th September – 21st October

A source of inspiration for Tomorrow’s Yesterday Photo: Graeme Peacock

A showcase of some of the very best in contemporary art in the Tees Valley. A group of artists from Middlesbrough-based Platform Arts Studios have created an exhibition inspired by the Hall, Park and the Museum’s collection of objects.

Gothic Horror! 2012 30th October – 30th December

Taking their inspiration from both Victorian Gothic, and the Museum and Grounds this exhibition is the product of the fevered imaginations of the talented students of Cleveland College of Art and Design’s Interactive Media course.

A striking image created by a student for the 2010 exhibition


Community Curated Space Are we there yet?

31st July – 30th September

Sandcastles, Punch and Judy, postcards and souvenir dolls. What are the Summer Holidays all about? In the Community Curated Space, Collections Volunteers working in partnership with the Collections Team have created an exhibition exploring the great summer get away and what you do when you can't get away!

Billiard Room A Matter of Taste…

July 2012 – January 2013

Preston Park Museum and the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead have worked together to create this exhibition inspired by Robert Ropner’s art collection. It showcases just what the fashionable Victorian gentlemen would desire to have on show in his home. Open on selected days. Please call for details.

Robert Ropner

Museums on the Move Look for our logo out and about in your local area! If you are interested in having one of our touring exhibitions at your venue please contact the Exhibitions Team on (01642) 527980 or email

Jack Marriott: Stockton High Street Egglescliffe Library Until Monday 13th August

Stockton Market and the Doric Column, from the Town House


Discover the Stockton High Street of the 1950s-60s through the images of Jack Marriott, a famous local photographer. Location: Butterfield Drive, Eaglescliffe, TS16 0EL Tel: (01642) 527959

Tales from the Tees

Billingham Library, Bedale Avenue Until Monday 13th August

A paddle steamer by the docks and shipyards of Stockton

Views from the Tees, showing all aspects of life on the river both work and pleasure. Location: Bedale Avenue, Billingham, TS23 1AJ Tel: (01642) 527895

A Peek at the Past

Roseberry Library Until Monday 13th August

Photographs from the archives, giving a fascinating view of Stockton’s history. Location: The Causeway, Billingham, TS23 2LB Tel: (01642) 528084

Counter services in a local Co-op, in the early 20th Century

Images of Industry

Roseworth Library Until Monday 13th August

Jacob Morrison and his revolutionary “oil motor”, 1880s

Fascinating photographs of Stockton’s industrial and manufacturing heritage. Location: Redhill Road, Roseworth, TS19 9BX Tel: (01642) 528098

Events and Activities Join us for a busy programme of events and activities this summer! Fire Engine & Vintage Vehicle Rally Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 10.30pm – 5.00pm

Contact Stockton Council’s Events Team on (01642) 527344 for more information.


Events and Activities Reminisce 70’s Event Saturday 14th July 5.00pm – 10.45pm

Events4fun, in association with Stockton Council, present a brand-new 70s themed outdoor music event 'Reminisce 70s' in Preston Park. For event and ticket information visit

Birds of Prey Displays; Eagles & Vultures Sunday 15th July Special flight shows at 12noon and 2.00pm Free outdoor event throughout out the day

See these beautiful birds take flight and show off their skills at Preston Park in this spectacular display. Photographs and information from the handlers will also be available throughout the day. Please keep dogs on leads.

Birds of Prey Displays; The Interesting & Unusual! Saturday 4th August Special flight shows at 12noon and 2.00pm Free outdoor event throughout the day

See these beautiful birds take flight and show off their skills at Preston Park in this spectacular display event. Photographs and information from the handlers will also be available throughout the day. Please keep dogs on leads.

Collections in Action – The Victorian Street Tuesday 7th August 1.00pm – 4.00pm Free with normal admission

Each month the public will be able to see a ‘behind the scenes’ workday of the Collections Team cleaning their way through the permanent displays and galleries. This is part of the routine housekeeping programme needed to help care for and preserve the collection.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2012 Sunday 12th August 11.00am - 3.00pm Free with normal admission, outdoor activities all free. 5

After last year’s success we are pleased to have our

third annual picnic event here at the Museum. Join us with your picnic and teddies for fun and games including our Teddy Bear’s Hospital, storyteller, arts & crafts and more.

Stockton Summer Show Sunday 26th August & Monday 27th August 10.30am – 5.00pm

Contact Stockton Council Events Team on (01642) 527344 for ticketing and event information.

Meet the Time Bandits! Wednesday 29th August Free with normal admission throughout the day. An opportunity to meet costume historians ‘The Time Bandits’ as they bring history to life here at the Museum. Explore the Spence Armoury Collection and have the opportunity to try on some real armour!

ParkMade Taster Days After a hugely successful programme of taster classes throughout 2011 we are excited to announce our jam packed 2012 programme of ParkMade Taster Days! All our classes are suitable for 18+, please call our Learning Team for bookings and more information on (01642) 527820/528842. Additional dates are available, please ring to find out more or visit

NEW! Traditional Wood Carving

Saturday 14th July Saturday 27th October 10.00am – 4.00pm £35 includes lunch and all materials.

Create a unique hand carved piece such as a spoon or butter knife. A complete start to finish experience from splitting logs to designing and producing the finished item to take away on the day. 6

Blacksmithing Saturday 21st July Saturday 22nd September 10.00am - 4.00pm £60 includes lunch and all materials.

Learn about the history of the craft and have a go at making a pair of beautiful candlesticks to take away with you on the day!

NEW! Victorian Slipware Pottery Saturday 28th July Saturday 8th September 10.00am - 4.00pm £40 includes lunch and all materials.

Make and decorate a platter or dish using traditional hump moulds and to decorate a pre-prepared slipware commemorative plate.

Rag Rug Making

Friday 7th September 10.00am - 3.00pm £20 includes lunch and all materials

Design and make your own mini rag rug to take away with you on the day.

NEW! Hand Stitched Patchwork and Quilting Saturday 13th October 10.00am - 4.00pm £30 includes lunch and a prepared kit of materials.

Learn how to make beautiful hand patchwork and quilting with our local tutor from the The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles (Region 15E).

Stained Glass Saturday 3rd November 10.00am - 4.00pm £55 includes lunch and all materials

An exciting opportunity to work with a professional glass worker to produce a beautiful glass panel to take away with you on the day! 7

NEW! Seasonal Basketry: Baskets and Festive Wreaths Saturday 1st December 10.00am - 4.00pm £30 includes lunch and all materials

Popular Willow Weaving is back with a seasonal selection of things to make! Perfect to decorate your home or give as a hand crafted gift!

Theatre in the Park 2012 Two fantastic new theatre productions are coming to Preston Park Museum & Grounds this year! Bring your picnics and enjoy a leisurely evening in the beautiful surrounds of the Bandstand Garden.

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Adapted by David Wood, performed by Illyria Theatre Company Friday 27th July Performance starts 6.00pm, gates open from 5.00pm for picnics. Performance Time approximately 1hr 45mins (inc 20 mins interval)

Private Lives by Noel Coward Performed by Heartbreak Productions. Friday 31st August Performance starts 7.30pm, gates open from 5.30pm for picnics. Performance Time approximately 2hrs 30mins (inc 20 mins interval) Tickets available from Stockton Tourist Information Centre in The Shambles, Stockton Town Centre. Telephone: (01642) 528130 for information and card payments. Tickets for both productions: Adults: £12, Concessions: £9, Child: £6, Under 5s Free, Family: £30 (2A+2C) Group tickets are available, please ring for more information (please note that all tickets are non refundable or exchangeable.) 8

CREATIVE KIDS Activity Programme Make way for our new and exciting Creative Kids Programme of activities and events this summer!’ Alongside our big events we have a fun filled programme of arts and craft, storytelling and trails for children of all ages to take part in this summer. Please be aware that all children must be accompanied by an adult during their visit and activities. All Children’s activities are free with normal admission (unless otherwise stated), however there is a 50p per child suggested donation to help with material costs.

Arts & Crafts Workshop Times:

10.30am - 11.30am (organised groups, booking required) 11.30am - 12.30pm (Families, drop-in) 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Families, drop-in) 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Families, drop-in)

Make Potty Bugs! Wednesday 1st August

Decorate your own mini terracotta plant pot and create a creepy crawly bug to look after it! (Painting workshop and model making).

Make a Flying Puppet Friday 3rd August

Construct and decorate your own unique flying bird puppet to take home with you.

Build a Ship Wednesday 8th August

Inspired by the River Tees create a ship that really floats! (Testing area will be available under adult supervision and weather permitting).

Make Olympic Medals Friday 10th August

Celebrate with all the winners at the 2012 Olympics with your very own clay medals and olive wreath crowns! (Painting and clay workshop).

Build a Train Wednesday 15th August

Build and decorate your own box train Locomotion no.1, make it into a pull along toy or photo frame or both!

Go Up, Up and Away! Friday 17th August

Fun filled workshop creating your own model hot air balloon and passengers! 9

Make Victorian Peg Dolls Wednesday 22nd August Traditional toy workshop to create your own peg dolls.

Make 3D Fuzzy Felt Friday 24th August

Using felting wool create different 3D items, from pictures frames to necklace beads there’s something for everyone! (Wet activity, recommended for ages 7+)

Dress to Impress! Wednesday 29th August

Dress your own cut out knight or lady in traditional clothes, decorate their different outfits and see if there are any similarities to what you wear? Also in the Museum: Meet the Time Bandits at the Museum as they explore the history of weapons and armoury. Visitors will have the opportunity to try on real armour.

Make a Trinket Box Friday 31st August

Decorate and make a beautiful trinket box like those in the Museum, to keep your precious little things in! Please note: Our children’s workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (unless otherwise stated); younger children are welcome however they will need some help from their adult during the workshop. All materials are included unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that for drop-in workshops, when the session is full, tickets will be issued for the later slots. Call the Learning Team on (01642) 528842/527820 for group bookings.

Making MORE Mess! Under 5s Club Tuesday 31st July, 7th August, 14th August, 21st August & 28th August. Times: 1.00pm - 3.00pm Each week there will be a messy craft, story and play time based on a different theme around the new Museum & Garden displays.

What’s the STORY…..?

Thursday 9th August: Adrian Spendlow Thursday 23rd August: Adam Bushnell (story & craft activity) Times: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm (drop-in, no booking required) Join our storytellers as they explore your imagination through their stories. Stories suitable for 5+ years (although younger children are welcome suitability is at accompanying adult’s discretion). 10

How to find us Travel information

For information about local public transport links, please contact: Stockton Tourist Information Centre (01642) 528130 or ring Traveline North East on 08706082608.

On your bike

Designated cycle parking facilities are available in the car park, close to the café (bikes left at owners’ risk).

Museum & Tea Room Open from Friday 27th July

Contact Us: Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH Tel: (01642) 527375 Email:

Also at Preston Park Butterfly World Tel: (01642) 791414 Website: Teesside Small Gauge Railway Tel: 01642 582903 Price: Adults £1.50, Child £1, Under 3 year olds go free Please note: Preston Park Museum & Grounds operates a No Smoking Policy

Images courtesy of Dave Hudspeth, Tom Kirby and Stockton Museum’s Service

Entry Price: Adult £2, Concession/Child £1, Family Ticket £4 (2A+4C) All tickets are valid for one year from date of issue.


Normal Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday / 10.00am – 4.00pm Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays Last admission 3.30pm

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