Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough


Linthorpe Road

Christopher Dresser was a famous Victorian designer and a contemporary of William Morris. He established the Linthorpe Art Pottery, for which Linthorpe is famous. The Museum has a fantastic new exhibition of his work that is used as the basis for many of these sessions.

Making a Mark programmes

Key Stage 1

Inspired by nature: using natural history collections and amazing new displays of work by Middlesbrough’s Christopher Dresser, students explore how nature can influence design and how influential Linthorpe was in the Victorian era. Taking part in the artistic activities, they are often amazed at their own creative abilities.

Key Stage 2

The growth of Middlesbrough: through gallery visits, games and craft activities that use Christopher Dresser as a focus, children explore how their local area developed exponentially in the late Victorian era. Knowing Middlesbrough better makes students proud of their town.

Key Stage 4

Portfolio support: GCSE art students develop their independent learning skills in a museum setting using a wide range of materials, while building up their portfolios.

You can use our online resources to help students explore personal, local and national identity as an extension to museum visits or to enrich classroom work.

‘Children just love being in the Dorman Museum. It has a wonderful setting and children ask many questions about the surrounding area and their heritage.’ Assistant Head (Reception class)

‘It fitted perfectly with our context work. The sessions are high quality due to the relaxed, friendly and informative delivery by the education team. Links to local people in Middlesbrough have made children’s learning more meaningful.’ Teacher Year 6

“My visit to the museum made me feel happy, surprised and interested because it made me feel more proud to live in Middlesbrough.” Year 4 student


Sue Sedgwick
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01642 358108

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