Previous Exhibitions 2015

d-FORMED : A personal Journey by Kev Howard

10 January to 23 April 2017


d-FORMED is an auto-biographical and highly personal series of visually striking photographs, comprising challenging and beautiful images that embody disability and the surgical experience.

Surgery is what many disabled people often undergo over a lifetime to be able to function. It is a physically and emotionally painful experience, being hidden within the taboo sphere of disability.

These powerful yet sensitive images will challenge the viewer to think about disability in differing ways, highlighting the very human experience and impact of surgery.



The Story of Children's Television: from 1946 to Today

19 March to 12 June 2016

Image : Animal-Magic-with-Johnny-Morris,
1964 (c) BBC

From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule, generations of children have fallen in love with the characters and stories brought to life on the small screen.

The exhibition traces the fascinating history of children's television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images.

Image : Play-School,
1975 (c) BBC

Packed full of interactives for big kids and small, the exhibition also showcases original props and characters, from Mummy Woodentop to The Wombles, Morph, Gordon the Gopher, Rastamouse and the singing veggies from Mr Bloom's Nursery.

The Story of Children's Television is the story of all of our childhoods, and how television helped to shape the way we view the world around us. Join us for a wander down memory lane, to a celebration of children's television, past and present.

Image : GTV Archive 'Thunderbirds' TV Brains, Virgil, Gordon
1964 -1966 - (c) ITV/REX

The exhibition has been created by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry in partnership with the Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC, Ragdoll Productions, ITV, Kaleidoscope and the Children's Media Foundation.


Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants - The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

23 January to 10 April 2016

Nick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker books, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition. 'Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt', opens on 23 January and continues 10 April 2016.

Exploring Nick's passion for drawing, from childhood to his current status as an internationally renowned illustrator and author, the show features many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years. These include Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, as well as a host of animals, and vast quantities of food and clothing.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Nick's world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career. The exhibition includes a recreation of Nick's studio where visitors can have a go at drawing a selection of his characters using a light box, and there's a touch screen interactive where you can create your own digital 'Sharracter'. A wipe clean wall is available for everyone to have a go at drawing their own Nick Sharratt inspired picture, and young visitors, and those that are young at heart, will enjoy dressing up in a selection of whacky costumes, including a mermaid's tail, some very fancy pants and a pineapple.


Nick Sharrattwill be visiting Middlesbrough and the Dorman Museum on Saturday 23 January. Why not come along and meet Nick between 10am and 4pm.


3rd October 2015 to 17th January 2016

Two Exhibitions



FROM Star Trek to Stargate, Alien to Andromeda, fans of sci-fi, aliens and more are in for a thrilling treat when Invasion opens to visitors at Middlesbrough's Dorman Museum.

The exhibition brings together iconic costumes, props and even the invaders themselves, from the good to the bad to the downright frightening.

Visitors will come face to face with aliens both villainous and heroic from some of the best-known sci-fi franchises in the world, including Doctor Who and Star Wars, and famous costumes including Matt LeBlanc's space suit from Lost in Space and a Thunderbirds flight suit.



include an exclusive collection of amazing early Transformers-themed 'Robo Machines' original comic artworks, by the late Middlesbrough artist Mario Capaldi, which have never been on public display before.

The artwork has been kindly lent to the museum by Mario Capaldi's daughter Vanda.

11th July to 27th September 2015


Celebrating the Natural History of the British Isles




A Blue Tokay Exhibition



Have you ever been up close to a Gannet in full dive as it plummets towards the sea to catch fish, or managed to catch a glimpse of the elusive Red Squirrel as it scampers into the trees above you? This summer you can enjoy some of Britain’s finest wildlife when touring natural history exhibition company Blue Tokay bring their fantastic exhibition ‘WILD’ to Middlesbrough for the first time.


There is an array of animals on display, some familiar and some less so. These include a Red Fox, a Barn Owl in mid swoop and a slice through a pond to see Great Crested Newts. Visitors can get up close and personal with taxidermy and model specimens to learn lots about the biology and ecology of these animals.


The exhibition looks at the environmental pressures these animals face and visitors can learn about how they can help to conserve wild habitats.

The displays are set against a backdrop of beautiful landscape images by wildlife photographer Graeme Peacock. Also included are interactives that will engage young visitors with sound effects, images and fun play!


WILD-Exhibition Poster



Throughout May - 28th June 2015

Road to the Front : Joe Cole's Experience of War

Road to the front book cover


This exhibition follows one man's experiences after D-Day, 6 June 1944, and his journey through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. It features over forty unofficial war drawings and diary entries by Redcar-born Joe Cole, when he was part of an RAF Commando Servicing Unit.

Later, Cole became head of foundation diploma in art and design at Cleveland College of Art & Design.


Joe Cole collection kindly lent by Kirkleatham Old Hall Museum, Redcar & Cleveland Bourough Council, and the Cole family.

Eddie Straight : To Hell & Back



This exhibition features Saltburn-based film make, Craig Hornby's latest film of interviews with Eddie Straight, a 94 year old Saltburn-born man, who was involved in the liberation of the Nazi Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, 15 April 1945.


The Film, with its harrowing accounts and disturbing archive film footage, will be launched on the anniversary of the liberation and will be shown throughout the exhibition. Amajor exhibit, the camp commandant's presentation sword, taken as a war souvenir, will be on display, along with photographs of Eddie by Ian Forsyth.

pictures of the museum exterior
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