The Tees Valley has always been a melting pot of different communities and cultures, from the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the huge numbers of people who poured in to the area to find work in the shipyards, iron and steel works and chemical plants of the 19th and 20th centuries. Every community has added left its own stamp on the collective culture of the area giving a rich and diverse tradition of dance, music, art and theatre as well as a strong sense of place. River Tees Rediscovered is finding new ways to celebrate this and bring it to a wider audience.
2017 saw over 50 guided walks delivered throughout the River Tees Rediscovered area, attracting nearly 1000 walkers. Volunteer walk leaders have supported the programme throughout, even devising and leading their own walks along the Teesdale Way. The walks programme aims to help people enjoy the unique heritage of the Tees Valley through family story walks, community history walks, dawn choruses and wildlife trails. Guest walk leaders include Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society, the Tees Heritage Trust, the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Teesmouth Field Centre, Tees Archaeology and a range of individual experts and enthusiasts.
2018 will see a focussed campaign to walk the Teesdale Way in linear sections during the year, starting in late April, either as a guided walk or on an individual or group basis. As part of the campaign, we will celebrate the improvements made through River Tees Rediscovered and the features, wildlife and heritage sites seen along its length. Details of dates will be added to the events section and promoted on social media.
This project increases community participation in local heritage through a variety of activities and events, linking the entire River Tees Rediscovered project together.
This project provides opportunities for young people to complete a Level Two apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation. It provides training opportunities in local heritage skills, whilst also focusing on the conservation of built and natural environments. To date, the apprentice team has been involved in constructing part of the new England Coast Path between Port Clarence and North Gare as well as improving access along the River Leven, a tributary of the Tees, and at Aislably as part of the Teesdale Way in Stockton Borough. The apprentices are gaining valuable skills in construction, selection of materials, tool use and team work and some have already moved on to permanent employment.
Falling on Your Feet
This project .....
This project takes a closer look at some of the communities that thrived in and around the Tees area but no longer exist in the present day. These include the houseboat community of fishermen along Greatham Creek and at Sneaton Snook, the village of Warrenby built to house ironworkers and their families and the lost village of Portrack, once home to the Queen's Head Tavern and its glorious angel room. Community stories will be explored through the arts with exhibitions, film and performance bringing their unique character to life and honouring the lives that were sustained by them.