What is Making a Mark?

Making a Mark is a set of curriculum-based programmes developed by eight Tees Valley museums working with the National Portrait Gallery. Three of the partners offer secondary programmes covering English, History, Art, Technology, Geography or Science.

Making a Mark sessions help students explore how the Tees Valley made its mark on Britain, especially in the age of industry, and how we can still trace the lives and influences of people locally. The programme offers students the chance to be curious, collaborative and creative in making their own marks, inspired by our local heroes and heritage. Online teacher resources can be used to prepare for or extend visits or to enrich classroom work.

How does it work?

Each museum’s programme operates differently reflecting the need of the subject or Key Stage. For example Head of Steam in Darlington offers a full day’s workshop exploring Dickens in a Victorian context. The day links to GCSE 19th Century set books and is completely free. The Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough offer sessions that support GCSE Art portfolio work through independent study. Click on the relevant programmes on the right for full details.

Museum programmes

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
Head of Steam Museum, Darlington

Thank you for a lovely engaging experience. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it. Every time we came, the pupils were waiting at the minibus to jump on and get here.

English Teacher (Year 10)

The students have really enjoyed the workshops and produced a great showcase performance of the workshop-inspired writing. Lots of quieter students have gained in confidence.

English Teacher (Key Stage 3)

They have much more in depth work than they would normally have at this stage on the course, but more importantly they are inspired.

Head of Art (Key Stage 4)