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Long Live the King Exhibition

Take a peek at how coronations were in celebrated in Middlesbrough in times gone by.

Dorman Museum

20th April 2023 - 21st May 2023


There is lots to see at the Dorman Museum as we mark the historic coronation of King Charles III. In our Long Live the King exhibition we have on display royalty souvenirs from the museum collections that show how coronations were celebrated in Middlesbrough in times past – from souvenir Ox Roast plates, tinplate medals with colourful ribbons, chocolate tins and ceramic cups to the silver Linsley trophy awarded to the residents of Childers Street for the best decorations in Middlesbrough for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

This exhibition also looks back on King Charles’s life as a working royal and heir apparent, including his naval career when he served as a sub-lieutenant aboard HMS Jupiter in 1974, the year before this Leander class frigate became Middlesbrough’s adopted warship. On display is the large bell from HMS Jupiter presented to the Mayor during the last visit of the ship to Middlesbrough in 1992.

Take a step back in time to coronation celebrations from the past in our Town in Time street which is now decked out with bunting, flags, balloons and paper chains to celebrate this historic occasion.  These decorations will be brought up to date with a patchwork flag and quilt made by our community craft group, Thrifty Fingers, in a cross-generational collaboration with Ayresome Primary School. The children, working with local author James Harris, were asked about the things England has to offer that made them the happiest. Their responses have been visualised by members of Thrifty Fingers on individual quilt squares, assembled alongside the children’s messages transferred to fabric.

Free entry into the museum.