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Dorman Museum

Dorman Museum is a general museum located in Linthorpe within the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. From its establishment in 1904 initial thematical leanings were towards the natural sciences, although galleries of the local Linthorpe Pottery, and of the history of industrial and wartime Middlesbrough, have since encroached on this emphasis. The remains of the original Victorian/Edwardian collection of stuffed and mounted animals is now in a single room, the Nelson Room, and appears to consist of the insect collections in the original cabinets, and various stuffed and mounted birds.

The museum was founded by Sir Arthur Dorman of the Dorman Long engineering company in honour of his son George Lockwood Dorman,[1] who died of enteric fever at Kroonstad in the Second Boer War.[2]

It is one of three institutions run by the Middlesbrough Museums & Galleries Service of Middlesbrough Borough Council along with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Having undergone major refurbishment it reopened in 2003 and is home to a wide variety of collections.

Visiting the museum[edit]

The Dorman Museum is a free venue, however there may be small charges applied for special events and activities. Opening times are Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. [3][4][5][6][7]

The Dorman Museum has 8 permanent display galleries and 2 changing exhibition spaces on two floors. Small exhibitions also take place within the ground floor corridor. Access to the upper floor is by the main staircase or lift.[8]

Original collection[edit]

The original collection included items such as a stuffed and mounted Eagle Owl in the act of taking a hare, a stuffed Lion in a "rampant" pose, and many birds' eggs, butterflies, and insects preserved under glass and in drawers, with covers over the glass to avoid the effects of light on the specimens. One particular specimen case could shock the unwary, as it contained a model, at least 100 times normal size, of a human head louse. At about the same time, the museum possessed a fossil of an ichthyosaur. There was also a stuffed ribbonfish, of a species a few metres in length.

One of the first contributors to the museum was Henry Bolckow, founder of Middlesbrough's largest ironworks, Bolckow Vaughan, who paid for some stuffed birds in 1874.[9]

Christopher Dresser[edit]

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Christopher Dresser was a pivotal figure in the Aesthetic Movement and deeply involved in the Linthorpe Art Pottery on Tees-side. The museum has a significant Dresser collection and a Heritage Lottery Fund project draws attention to this.

During 2014, work will start to redesign the gallery and museum staff will be raising Dresser's profile through exciting events and activities.[10]

Other exhibits[edit]

Roseberry Topping hoard

A popular seasonal item in the 1960s was a beehive in an acrylic glass case with an exit through a side window, allowing visitors to the museum to see the bees at work in the hive.

The Dorman Museum has material including a library of archaeological journals and photographs taken by Frank Elgee during his excavations. Principally at The Bronze Age Hill fort at Eston Nab and burial grounds at Loose Howe, also, a dug-out canoe recovered from the River Tees at a depth of eight feet in 1926 is on view at the museum. A green plaque dedicated to Frank Elgee the curator between 1923 and 1932 is on view at the entrance.[11]

Description Replicas of the Roseberry Topping hoard are in the Dorman Museum.

At the corner of Vulcan Street[12] and Dock Street, buildings stood in the mid 19c directly facing on to the river bank which is now perhaps 100m away across land reclaimed from waste slag created by Bolchow and Vaughan Ironworks, the first on Middlesbrough. The first building (up to the double gates) was original a sail loft for servicing the sailing vessels coming into the docks. Prior to demolition a hoist was discovered in the roof space which would have been used to lift the sails from ground to first floor level where large windows provided plenty of natural light. The hoist has now been removed to this museum.

Archive & Ephemera - The museum has archived materials related to the wider collection. The ephemera collection is wide ranging based on the history of Middlesbrough and relates to commercial printed materials such as posters, invoices, letter-heads, and newspaper cuttings relating to Middlesbrough events and people.[13]

Botanical Collections - Mounted herbarium specimens: herbarium of Margaret Stovin assembled between 1798 and 1850. Comprises two major sections – British wild species (20 volumes) and planted exotics (10 volumes). The Rob, Hill and Chisholm collections amounting to some 29 wallets of material. Thomas 2 volume collection of British grasses.[14]

Coins & Medals - 1,900 items including commemorative medallions, badges and banknotes as well as coins and military medals. Collections include the Yearby hoard of sixteenth and seventeenth century coins, the Thorpe Thewles hoard of Henry II and Henry III silver pennies and the Middridge hoard of Edward I coins.[15]

Costumes & Textiles - 2,400 items of women’s fashions from the 20th century including shoes, hats and accessories. There is also a small collection of uniforms, including military, childrenswear, under garments, sportswear and men’s suits, and an additional collection of 130 items, mostly Victorian.[16]

Decorative Arts - 340 items, mostly consisting of pieces from the Middlesbrough Pottery with some examples from other regional potteries and glass manufacturers. There is a small collection of pieces from the Bretby and Ault potteries because of their connections with the Linthorpe Pottery. There is also a collection of nineteenth century Japanese figures or okimono, possibly carved from walrus ivory.[17]

Geological Collection - Fossils, and Geological Collection - Rocks & Minerals [18]

Photographs - This collection consists of about 3,500 prints, glass negatives and carte-de-visit, plus 2,190 lantern slides.[19]

Social History Collection - There are approximately 16,000 objects in the social history collections. The museum started to collect everyday objects in the 1930s recognising that society was rapidly changing and old ways of life disappearing.[20]

World Cultures - The museum’s collection of around 1,500 artefacts from different world cultures has its origins in the colonial era. Sir Alfred Pease, in addition to his hunting trophies, also gave a collection of beadwork from NE Africa. George Lockwood Dorman within his brief life had managed to collect ethnographical items from various parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and South Africa when he was stationed there during the Boer War. These items formed an important part of the museum’s founding collections.[21]

Zoological Collections - The museum’s zoological collections still represent the major part of its holdings, numbering in excess of 150,000 specimens. The bulk of the collections are made up of invertebrates, especially molluscs and insects.[22]

Permanent display galleries[edit]

20th Century Woman - Examining the major social and political changes of the last century and how they have shaped the lives of women in Middlesbrough.

Earth in Space - A look at how our planet has become and continues to be affected by cosmic, geological & biological forces. Four Corners - The origins of the museum’s collections and the persons behind the objects. Natural sciences, ethnography and archaeology are shown together according to their country's of origin.

H20 - A stimulating discovery space based around the theme of water with lots to handle and explore. Linthorpe Art Pottery - How a small pottery in late 19th century in Middlesbrough produced some of the most collectible art pottery. Much of the output was designed by Christopher Dresser and in its short 10 year life the pottery produced over 2000 different mould shapes.

The Nelson Room - A 19th century collection of mounted birds and eggs amassed by renowned local ornithologist Thomas Hudson Nelson who wrote the 'Birds of Yorkshire', and has been maintained in its original Edwardian setting.

Town in Time - The town of Middlesbrough was granted a charter in 1853 it's history stretches back thousands of years. Two galleries crammed with artefacts and stories about the town and its people.

Lordship of Acklam Plan - The double height space of the new Dorman Museum extension is a remarkable and unique historic plan. Measuring around 13 feet square this plan, painted on sailcloth, shows the extent and detail of the Lordship of Acklam Estates.[23]

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

"Embracing the Divine: Exploring Hindu Faith, Devotion and Celebration" until 4 July 2014 [24]

Learning overview[edit]

Dedicated education staff deliver curriculum based sessions for schools and workshops for groups of all ages (including pre-school) and abilities (special needs and gifted & talented), as well as lecture programmes, family activities and events.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RICHMOND, 3RD BATTALION, YORKSHIRE REGIMENT, BOER WAR MEMORIAL". Roll-of-Honour.com. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gravestones in South Africa: British Military Memorials". Dorman George Lockwood 1901. eGGSA. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit_accessibility.html
  4. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit_findus.html
  5. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit_floorplans.html
  6. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit_eating.html
  7. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit_shop.html
  8. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/visit.html
  9. ^ "History of the Dorman Museum". Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/whatson_new.html
  11. ^ Dorman Museum http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/WWW2/collections_archaeological.html
  12. ^ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vulcan_Street_-_geograph.org.uk_-_90459.jpg
  13. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_archive.html
  14. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_botanical.html
  15. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_coins.html
  16. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_costume.html
  17. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_decorative.html
  18. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_geological.html
  19. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_photography.html
  20. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_social.html
  21. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_world.html
  22. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/collections_zoological.html
  23. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/galleries.html
  24. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/whatson_exhibitions.html
  25. ^ http://www.dormanmuseum.co.uk/www2/learning.html

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°33′52″N 1°14′27″W / 54.5644°N 1.2409°W / 54.5644; -1.2409