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BSAP Celebration in House of Commons

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Simon, Joan & Jenny at House of CommonsOn Tuesday 15th February 2011, the British Steel Archive Project held its final celebration event in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons. Joan (Project Manager), Jenny (Community Engagement Manager) and Simon (Archivist) were all there to tell people about the project and its achievements.

Kindly sponsored by Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, the event was well supported. About 45 people attended from across the Heritage & Education sectors, from Archives and Museums, Professional Associations, Central and Local Government and some of the funding organsations which supported the project such as Tata Steel (Corus), Community Union, Teesside Archives and Teesside University.



Tom Blenkinsop MPTom Blenkinsop MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland opened the event with a personal welcome to everyone and a reminder of how important iron and steelmaking has been for the people of Teesside, including one of his own ancestors who came to the region to work in the industry. Tom talked about the recent 'Save Our Steel' campaign to  save the Blast Furnace at Redcar and how he had met many men and women around the region who had worked in the industry. He emphasised the need to protect records like these so that future generations could learn more about the people who made the industry great.



Councillor Charlie RooneyCouncillor Charlie Rooney (Middlesbrough BC), in his capacity as Chair of the Joint Archives Committee for Teesside Archives, spoke of the benefits the project had brought to Teesside Archives, such as the electronic catalogue facility and the volunteering programme. These benefits will help Teesside Archives offer an enhanced service to the four boroughs of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland in the future, as well as reaching a much wider audience through the internet.





Lord Sawyer of DarlingtonLord Sawyer of Darlington, Chancellor of Teesside University, said a few words about how important it was to have access to records about working conditions and working lives and how he had enjoyed learning more about what had been found in the British Steel Collection during the project. He mentioned the artwork of Viva Talbot, who produced woodblock prints of industrial scenes in the 1930s.



Professor Graham Henderson CBEThe Vice Chancellor of Teesside University, Professor Graham Henderson CBE, emphasised the importance of the partnership between Teesside Archives and Teesside University. The Project Team had not only worked together to protect and enhance access to an significant industrial archive, but also had raised awareness about the important heritage of Teesside. The University had itself recently celebrated its 80th anniversary and was very proud of its origins as Constantine College, created to provide locally-based technical education to support the iron & steel industries. 




Dr Joan HeggieProject Manager, Dr Joan Heggie, then gave an illustrated presentation about the achievements overall, emphasising the sustainability and impact of the project via the electronic cataloguing system, the volunteer programme and the educational resources and talked of the vision for the future. Using examples of the types of documents and materials found in the British Steel Collection, such as diaries, reports, photographs, engineering plans and drawings, Joan demonstrated how these could be made relevant to modern audiences and how they also could be used to connect communities around the world to Teesside's industrial heritage.

Friday, 25 February 2011 08:55



Fantastic news!

On Thursday 24th February 2011, the deal to purchase the blast furnace at Redcar (Corus Teesside Cast Products) was signed at last. The new owners, Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) which purchased TCP from parent company Tata Steel, hope to have the furnace back on-line and producing steel by the end of 2011.

Congratulations to everyone involved who have worked so hard to make this happen - and thank you for contributing to the continuing heritage of steel making on Teesside.


News Flash!

Catalogue goes live!!!

At last, the electronic catalogue is available on-line!

Teesside Archives' new website now contains an electronic searchable catalogue.


The first records to be added are those of the British Steel Collection, but additional records will be added on a regular basis.

To have a look at the real thing and to search the catalogue, click here.

Thanks are due in particular to Simon Sheppard, Project Archivist, for all his hard work to create and populate the site and the support of the Teesside Archives' team.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 November 2010 16:04

BSAP 2011 Calendar Now On Sale!


 For the second year running, the British Steel Archive Project has produced a high quality calendar of images from the British Steel Collection. 

  Calendar Front

Calendar Back

The calendar measures 210mm x 295mm when closed and 420mm x 295mm when hanging.  

All monies received from the sale of the calendars will go towards the British Steel Archive Project.

 If you would like to purchase a calendar please complete the order form and return it to the project office with your payment.  The order form can be downloaded by clicking here

Calendars can be purchased directly from the project office in the Clarendon Building or the Student Union Shop at Teesside University.  They are also available at Teesside Archives. 

For more information please contact the Project Office on 01642 384478 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Tony King, the Project Conservator has left Teesside to return home to Essex after being successful in gaining a permanent job. Tony has been with the project since June 2009 and, in addition to carrying out a conservation survey of the entire British Steel Collection, has been repairing some of the most damaged records. Some of his work can be viewed on the 'Featured Items' link.

Tony also worked with 6 Collection Care volunteers to clean and repackage volumes, encapsulate photographs and to list, measure and rebox thousands of plans.

Tony, we'll miss you - but we wish you all the best in your new job!


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