Seeking exhibits

RESIDENTS are being urged to dig through their cupboards in an attempt to uncover items for history exhibitions.

The Museum of Hartlepool, at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, is appealing for people to donate everyday items from the 1950s to recent times to build its collection for use in displays and exhibitions.

Under the banner of ‘Carry On Collecting’ the museum’s collections team is looking for all sorts of items, such as photographs, toys, clothing and newspapers.

Fiona Messham, the council’s collections access assistant, said: “Everyday objects from years gone by really bring the past to life.

“At the moment the museum doesn’t have many objects from the 1950s up to recent years.

“We’re also aiming to use some of the items during the Diamond Festival in June.

“Not only do we need objects, we need memories too.”

If you are interested in donating or lending items, contact the Collections Team on (01429) 523438 or e-mail

Alternatively, people can donate items at the following special drop-in events:

l Today – Museum of Hartlepool from 1.30pm to 4pm;

l Monday, February 13 – Lincoln Room, at the Museum of Hartlepool, 10am-10.45am, 11am-11.45am and 1pm-1.45pm;

l Wednesday, February 15 – Central Library, York Road, 10am-12.30pm;

l Thursday, February 16 – Central Library, York Road, 10am-12.30pm;

l Tuesday, February 21 – Arts Hartlepool Shop, First Floor, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, 1pm-3.30pm;

l Thursday, February 23 – Museum of Hartlepool, 1.30pm-4pm.