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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Make your mark this summer with heritage activities

Friday, July 25, 2014


A Victorian Summer Jamboree day which celebrates the Tees Valley’s mark on Britain will be held at Preston Park Museum next week.

Stockton Council is working with six other Tees Valley museums and the National Portrait Gallery to deliver the ‘Making a Mark’ activity day on Monday 28 July, from 10am to 3.30pm.

The day is part of a wider programme of events which explore how the Tees Valley made its mark on Britain through the lives and work of local people.

Representatives from the Museum of Hartlepool, Kirkleatham Museum, Head of Steam Museum, Middlesbrough Museums and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum will all gather on the Victorian Street at Preston Park Museum for a fun-packed day of activities for children and their families.

Visitors will learn all about the impact local figures such as Robert Ropner and Colonel Spence had on the wider community.

The theme of the day, ‘Portraiture,’ takes inspiration from the Victoria era. Families will be invited to explore the famous names of Stockton and the wider Tees Valley and make silhouettes of their own relatives to take away and display at home.

Younger visitors can also join the fun by heading to the activity room where they can take part in a range of arts and craft activities, work in pairs to sketch each other’s portraits and learn how to draw caricatures.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Our region is steeped in a rich and long history which we are very proud of. The Summer Jamboree is a fantastic way to celebrate our local heritage and learn all about the local people from our Borough and beyond. There will be plenty of activities on offer for all ages so come along and celebrate with us.”

Children will also have the opportunity to sign up to the ‘Making a Mark’ passport scheme. Those who attend three Making a Mark events will receive three stamps in their passport to claim a free prize.

The Summer Jamboree event is free of charge with standard Museum entry prices.

Entry costs just £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children and concessions and £5 for a family ticket. All tickets are valid for one year from date of issue.

To find out more visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk or call (01642) 527375.

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