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TASTE OF TEESSIDE ARCHIVES ON THE MENU AS PART OF ‘TASTE OF THE TEES’ AND HERITAGE OPEN DAYS EVENT
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THE debate is usually whether it should be chicken or pork, but if history had taken a different course we may all be eating turtle parmo…
The story of food and its connection to the Tees Valley’s heritage, historical events and everyday life is to be celebrated at an event at Teesside Archives in Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative on Friday, September 8 from 11am-12.30pm.
Newly uncovered documents from the archives show menus from various events including Middlesbrough’s 1881 jubilee celebrations at the town’s Royal Exchange buildings at which attendees enjoyed a banquet which boasted rooster, mutton, tongue and turtle among much else.
Tosh Warwick, Heritage Development Officer said: “Food has played an important part in the history of the region, including banquets for the opening of famous bridges and buildings, charitable activities at times of hardship and even memories of everyday life shopping at Hinton’s, visiting Newbould’s butchers or recollecting the first taste of a parmo!
“The Heritage Open Days and ‘Taste of the Tees Festival’ link up provides an opportunity to not only learn more about an important part of the area’s past but, uniquely, literally enjoy a taste of history.”
Supported by River Tees Rediscovered’s ‘Taste of the Tees Festival’, there will be a talk by Tosh Warwick on the role of food in the civic, community, industrial and philanthropic activities in the area dating back to the Victorian period utilising newly digitised material from Teesside Archives.
There will also be an opportunity to step back in time and hear the story of Newbould’s – with its origins in Middlesbrough in 1856 – courtesy of a presentation by Country Valley’s Chris Woods who has links with the firm dating back to 1977.
Following on from the talks, there will also be an opportunity to taste some of the famous brand’s offerings ranging including its famous pies. A specially produced ‘Tees Tea’ will also be on offer and there will also be an opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of Teesside Archives.
As part of the support provided by River Tees Rediscovered, hundreds of pages from unique historic documents have been digitised from the collections of Teesside Archives which will be showcased at the event and used for learning and outreach activities across the region.
More information on the event including booking details are available on the Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/taste-of-teesside-at-teesside-archives, contacting Teesside Archives on 01642 248321 (use answerphone facility if archives staff are unavailable) or by emailing email@example.com.