No matter what your age, The Story of Children's Television is full of things guaranteed to make you nostalgic.
Perfect for families, expect smiles and giggles as visitors young and old learn about each other's favourite characters and catchphrases.

Image : Morph © Aardman Animations Ltd 2015

Image : Harry Corbett and Sooty, 1955 © BBC

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Image : Thames TV 'Rainbow' - Bungle, George, Zippy & Geoffrey Hayes. Copyright FreemantleMedia Ltd/REX

Touring Exhibition

19 March - 12 June 2016

10am - 3.45pm Daily

Admission is £4 per adult, £2.50 per concession and a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) is £10.

'Illustration: copyright Nick Sharratt. From Pirate Pete, published by Walker Books Ltd. From Elephant Wellyphant, published by Alison Green Books. From Pants and from Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea, both published by Random House. From Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating We'll Go, published by Puffin Books. Tracy Beaker copyright Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt.'

The Illustrated World of
Nick Sharratt

23 January


10 April 2016

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Touring Exhibition

An exciting exhibition with lots of activities to do, including dressing up, creating your own 'Sharacter' and working in his studio.

10am - 3.45pm Daily



This exhibition has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England


The Dorman Museum forms part of Middlesbrough Council's 'Museums Service' along with its sister venue - the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, situated in Stewart Park.

The Dorman Museum houses a large collection of items from the fantastic to the fabulous, celebrating Middlesbrough's heritage through natural history and geology to social history and Victorian arts and craft.

The museum offers a great range of eight themed display galleries, full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as café, on - site collection stores, resources room and education suite.

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