CELEBRATION OF TEESSIDE SHIP-BUILDING AT HERITAGE GALLERY

CELEBRATION OF TEESSIDE SHIP-BUILDING AT HERITAGE GALLERY

 

The Heritage Gallery within the iconic Cargo Fleet Offices is celebrating the history of ship-building on the River Tees with a special memories book launch and exhibition.
 
The gallery on Middlesbrough Road, Middlesbrough, will play host to a private book launch by Teesside Industrial Memories Project entitled ‘Life at the Yard: Memories of Working at Smith’s Dock’ on February 10th.
 
To support the book launch 12 large print photographs by Ambient Creative, which portray the history and workers at Smith’s Dock will remain on exhibit within the gallery until March 23rd.
 
Darlington-based graphic design consultants Ambient Creative was commissioned to design and produce the 120 page book for Teesside Industrial Memories Project, which was funded by Heritage Lottery.
 
The book features more than 98 archive photographs from around 1978 to 1980 taken by Ambient Creative and other contributors. 
 
Smith’s Dock in South Bank was a major shipyard and associated drydocks and repair facility from 1908. More than 1300 vessels were built at the dock between 1910 until it closed in 1987.
 
Julian Philips of Teesside Industrial Memories Project, said: “With a brief historical introduction, ‘Life at the Yard’, edited by Margaret Williamson who recently retired as senior lecturer in Oral History at Teesside University, consists of extracts from live interviews with fifty men and women who worked at Smith’s Dock or were closely associated with it. 
 
“It gives a vivid picture of the reality of working life in the post second world war period when Teesside was still a vibrant centre of heavy industry: some tears, more laughs, and much pride.”
 
 
The Heritage Gallery itself sits within an iconic industrial landmark, the Cargo Fleet Offices. The building, which was originally built by Cargo Fleet Iron Company in 1916, has been regenerated by Python Properties to its former glory after standing empty and derelict for eight years.
 
The gallery holds regular exhibitions exploring the history of ironworks, steelworks, ship-building and bridge-building in the Teesside area.
 
The gallery is open to the public from 8.30am to 5pm weekdays and admission is free. For further information about the exhibition please contact curator Jodie Brewer-Wright on 01642 225 100 email jodie@heritagegallery.co.uk or visit www.hertigagegallery.co.uk.
 
 
 

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