Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 16.32.10LOCAL author and historian Norman Moorsom will launch the new Tees Transporter Bridge Lunchtime Lecture Series on Monday (April 13) with a talk on the ‘The Origins of Industrial Middlesbrough’.

Mr Moorsom’s talk is the first in the Tees Transporter Bridge Lecture series that will take place quarterly as part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

The talk looks back to the origins of industrial Middlesbrough in the early 19th Century when the town grew as an offshoot of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

The talk draws upon the retired teacher, Museums Service and Local History Officer’s vast knowledge of the area’s history, which has seen him publish several books including histories of Middlesbrough Dock, Albert Park, the Demon Drink in Victorian Middlesbrough and the Life and Times of William Fallows. A small selection of the historian’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the ongoing developments at the Transporter Bridge and to register interest in the Friends of the Tees Transporter Bridge, a new group that will support the activities of Teesside’s most famous landmark.

Tosh Warwick, Tees Transporter Bridge Education, Learning and Events Officer, said: “We are delighted that Norman Moorsom’s ‘The Origins of Industrial Middlesbrough’ fittingly launches the new Tees Transporter Bridge Lunchtime Lecture Series.

“We hope that the talk encourages people in to visit the Bridge at lunchtime to learn more about the area’s fascinating heritage and history.”

  • Local historian Norman Moorsom will give a talk on the ‘The Origins of Industrial Middlesbrough’ at the Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre on Monday, April 13 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.