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Dorman Museum

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Middlesbrough , North Yorkshire , TS5 6LA

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Stepping Stone

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Erimus Sign

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Leo the Lion

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Boris the Russian Bear

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Jenny Lind Ship Model

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Nelson’s Pet Raven

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Curlew

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Hoopoe

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Dinosaur Egg

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Levantine Shearwater

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Guillemot Eggs & Climmers

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Grevy’s Zebra

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Plaque from First House

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Winterschladen Cockerel

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Dinosaur Egg

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Funerary Relief

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Ancient Egyptian Funeral Boat

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Rev. Isaac Benson Inkwell

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Portrait of Smailes-Calvert

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Isaac Wilson

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Erimus Banner

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Ichthyosaur Skull

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Meteorite Model

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Dinosaur Footprints

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Stepping Stone

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Erimus Sign

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This stone Erimus crest carving is from Dacre Street police station in St. Hilda’s. It was removed and preserved when the building was demolished.
  • Building: Dacre Police Station
  • Location: St Hilda's, Middlebsrough
  • Constructed: 1905
  • Demolished: ????
Dacre Police Station was first opened in 1905 by Elizabeth Anne Routledge, who three years previously had become Middlesbrough’s first Police Matron (a forerunner position of the Women Police Constable WPC).

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Leo the Lion

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Leo the Lion was one of the launch exhibits at the Dorman Museum in 1904

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Boris the Russian Bear

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Nelson’s Pet Raven

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This Raven was the pet of Thomas Hudson Nelson, a British ornithologist who claimed the bird could talk and hide objects it wanted to keep safe.. He studied birds native to Yorkshire.
In 1907, Nelson wrote about his pet raven in his book ‘The Birds of In 1907, Nelson wrote about his pet raven in his book.

“A bird in my possession is an accomplished linguist and very expert at hiding anything which attracts its attention; in its first winter, when snow fell, it made a number of s

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Curlew

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The Curlew is a large brown shorebird with a long curved bill, known for its distinctive, wailing call. The Curlew is common in Europe, Asia and North America.
This curlew was sadly killed during a storm. Both the Daily Gazette and the Cleveland Standard reported on the damage caused by the storm.

Thomas Nelson found and collected the curlew In the same year Nelson donated his extensive collection of birds and eggs to Dorman Museum.

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Hoopoe

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Hoopoes are a species of bird that usually live in Africa, Asia and Southern Europe.

This hoopoe was found in Bishop Auckland in 1850, and is a rare addition to Thomas Hudson Nelson’s collection.
Hoopoes only travel further north to breed and sometimes on the journey they get blown off course and find their way to the south of England. As a result it can be rare to see them in Yorkshire.

This one was stuffed and mounted by a taxidermist named Henry Gornall and then sold to Thomas Hudson Nelson’s in 1850. The most recent sighting of a Hoopoe in Yorkshire was in May 2022 near Whitby.

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Dinosaur Egg

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The only egg in this gallery that is not from a bird is this fossilised dinosaur egg. It was found in the Henan Province of China, and it dates back to the Late Cretaceous period.
Around 80 million years ago this egg was laid by a dinosaur called Hadrosaurus. The name Hadrosaurus means ‘sturdy lizard’, and they were herbivores that could grow up to 9 metres long. They had beaks that were duck-bill shaped and made from keratin which they used to strip leaves from plants.

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Levantine Shearwater

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Known today as Yelkouan Shearwater, these birds were a highlight of the Museum’s 1919 Guidebook. They had been sighted in Yorkshire in 1877, the earliest recorded sighting of the species in the area.
The birds were stuffed and cased and became a part of Thomas Hudson Nelson’s collection of 435 birds and over 3,000 eggs until his death in 1916.

Nelson’s widow then gifted the collection to the Museum in 1918.

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Guillemot Eggs & Climmers

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Guillemots are sea birds that nest on cliffs and only come to land to nest. Guillemot eggs were sought after due to their unique patterns and hard shells.
Thomas Nelson obtained these from the climmers of Bempton, who often charged high prices for the eggs, knowing how popular they were with him.

'Climming' is the term for collecting seabird eggs from cliffs. It was popular in the past, but led to a decline in bird populations. It was banned in 1954 due to the Wild Birds Protection Act. Now, Guillemots are considered at moderate risk of extinction

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Grevy’s Zebra

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Grevy's Zebra is the largest of the zebra species. This one is from Somaliland, Africa. It was donated to the museum in 1904 by Alfred Edward Pease, a member of the Darlington Quaker family.
The Grevy's Zebra is named after a royal gift given in 1882 from the emperor of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) to the President of France, Jules Grevy.

A French zoologist realised that this type of Zebra was unknown in Europe and named it after his president. These zebras are now on the endangered animals list, found only in Ethiopia and Northern Kenya, due to European hunting and farming in West Africa.

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Plaque from First House

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Outside the pawnbroker’s shop is a stone commemorative slab, salvaged from No. 26 West Street, St. Hilda’s, the first house to be built in the modern town of Middlesbrough in 1830.
The house had been built by Mr George Chapman, a joiner who had come from Embleton in Durham to live in the new town. His son, John Richard Chapman, was born shortly afterwards on 22nd August 1830, and he was the first child to be born in Middlesbrough. The house was demolished in 1959.

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Winterschladen Cockerel

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This golden cockerel was located outside the Winterschladen store on Waterloo Road. The company had a reputation for striking animal statues, and many became local landmarks.
Winterschladen was once a well-known local business name and the company operated in Middblesbrough for over 100 years.

The family's story in Middlesbrough began In 1862 when Joseph Winterschladen (from Cologne, Germany) was sent here as a journalist for the Kolnischer Zeitung newspaper, with the mission of reporting on the town Joseph established a wine-importing business near the train station.

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Dinosaur Egg

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The only egg in this gallery that is not from a bird is this fossilised dinosaur egg. It was found in the Henan Province of China, and it dates back to the Late Cretaceous period.
Around 80 million years ago this egg was laid by a dinosaur called Hadrosaurus.

The name Hadrosaurus means ‘sturdy lizard’, and they were herbivores that could grow up to 9 metres long. They had beaks that were duck-bill shaped and made from keratin which they used to strip leaves from plants.

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Funerary Relief

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Funerary reliefs were used as headstones to commemorate the deceased, often placed over the entrance or decorated the outside of a tomb. This ancient Roman artefact was made over 2,000 years ago.
This relief is made from marble and is only a small section of its original size. Unfortunately we don’t know who this relief belonged to.

It is believed to depict Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Leda & Zeus, brothers of Helen of Troy. Castor was a great horseman, Pollux a boxer, known as the Heavenly Twins & associated with constellation Gemini.

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Ancient Egyptian Funeral Boat

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This Ancient Egyptian Soul Boat is 4,500 years old. Boats like these were placed in tombs as it was believed they were needed to sail the person’s soul into the afterlife.
This Soul Boat is 4,500 years old, the same age as the pyramids of Giza, and was used to transport people & goods on the Nile.

Ancient Egyptians believed boats would carry your soul to the afterlife, so many placed small boats in their tombs.

This boat was presented to Sir Hugh Bell on laying the foundation of two dry docks in Middlesbrough, 1907. Bell was a director of Bell Brothers steelworks.

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Rev. Isaac Benson Inkwell

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Portrait of Smailes-Calvert

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John Smales-Calvert was born at Staithes but moved to Middlesbrough as a child. He worked as a teacher and later became Director of Education in the town.
  • Occupation: Teacher & Artist
  • Birthplace: Staithes
  • Born: 1836
  • Died: 1926
  • Organisation: The Cleveland Sketching Club
John Smales-Calvert was also a talented amateur artist and he painted many landscape and architectural views.

His artistic passion led to him becoming a founding member of the area's first art organisation in 1884 - The Cleveland Sketching Club.

The Club’s aim at its founding was “to cultivate the art of drawing, painting, sculpture and kindred arts and to encourage general art study.

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Isaac Wilson

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This is a painting of Sir Isaac Wilson, one of Middlesbrough’s most well-known politicians and industrialists.
He was born in 1822 in Kendal, Westmorland and moved to Middlesbrough in 1841. He founded a pottery on Commercial Street alongside Joseph Pease. The Pease Family were also important figures in the area, since they were also the founders of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

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Erimus Banner

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Ichthyosaur Skull

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This giant fossilised skull is from an Ichthyosaur, a giant marine reptile which lived around 150 million years ago in the Jurassic Period.
It was discovered at Carlin How Ironstone mine in North Yorkshire and was donated to the Museum in 1905 by Sir Thomas Hugh Bell, the chairman and managing director of Bell Brothers ironworks.

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Meteorite Model

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This is a replica of a meteorite that fell to Middlesbrough on 14th March 1881.
On the day that it happened three men working beside a railway line heard a rushing sound overhead followed by a thud nearby. After exploring the area the workers found a hole in the embankment and they retrieved an unusual rock from it. The meteorite was later donated to the Yorkshire Museum.

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