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Newport Day puts Historic Area in the Spotlight

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 10.53.07THE history and heritage of Newport are to be explored at an event next month at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum.

From its beginnings as an area of forest on the edge of the Tees, to the site of the Hustler family granary and Newport Iron Works, it is today most famous for being the location of the iconic Newport Bridge.

Attendees at the free study day on Friday, September 4 can look forward to learning about the early development of Newport, the Newport ferry, childhood in the area post-war, iron entrepreneur Sir Bernhard Samuelson and Dorman Long’s Newport Bridge.

Talks will be delivered by passionate local historians Geoff and Jenny Braddy, Charles McNab, Vic Wood and Tosh Warwick.

Dorman Museum Curator Gill Moore said: “This is the third of our annual free study days focusing on specific areas of Middlesbrough.

“It’s a really varied programme delivered by very knowledgeable speakers, and in the past they’ve been really popular so make sure you book in advance.”

Newport Day follows the hugely successful Acklam Day which was held at the Dorman Museum last year.

Newport Day takes place on Friday, September 4, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided, but attendees will need to provide their own lunch.

The event is free but places must be booked in advance – call the museum on 01642 813781 or email Gill Moore at

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