Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough

This creative programme beginning in Summer 2021 will uncover heritage stories from the buildings, people and places in Middlesbrough town centre – drawing inspiration from the Heritage Action Zone.

It will illuminate how the buildings, industries, people and communities have influenced the broader culture of the town and might offer us alternative ways to think about and use the High Street in the 21st Century.

Middlesbrough Historic Quarter Map
Middlesbrough Heritage Action Zone (area within the blue line)

As the Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership lead on the project, Navigator North will begin the 2-year programme. This is part of Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) for Middlesbrough, working with Middlesbrough Council.

Our programme delivery partners include Tees Valley Arts, MIMA, The Auxiliary, Platform A Gallery and Middlesbrough Council.

Key architectural and cultural locations will underpin the programme themes, reinterpreting the vision behind Middlesbrough Winter Garden – an initiative to bring social activity, access to arts and culture, health and wellbeing to the people of Middlesbrough.

The original Middlesbrough Winter Garden was an initiative that aimed to bring social activity, access to arts and culture, health and wellbeing to the people of Middlesbrough between 1907 to 1963.

Winter Garden Poster courtesy of Newcastle University Special Collections

Historically significant buildings, heritage archives and public collections will form the basis of creative research projects where artists, the public and local communities will gain new perspectives on the role heritage and culture can play in our lives today.

The programme will include artist residencies, commissions and a high street project space.

Cultural Development and Regeneration

This cultural programme is part of the wider HSHAZ programme which includes capital grants and public realm developments in Exchange Square and Zetland Road.


This work will complement the HSHAZ Community Engagement plan led by Middlesbrough Council and the Community Steering Group.

Visitors to the town, residents, students, families, businesses and artists will be invited to get involved as well as local special interest groups, community groups and the public.

We will incorporate both local and national learning about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the potential for further restrictions and barriers we may face in carrying out these activities and how people might engage with them.

Artist Residencies

Artist residencies delivered by Tees Valley Arts and Navigator North.


The Tunnel Gallery and Middlesbrough Collection Artist Commissions.

High Street Project Space

The Masham Hotel, Middlesbrough

Visit our high street project space at The Masham


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Middlesbrough Winter Garden

Find out more about the inspiration behind the programme.


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