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Sir (Thomas) Hugh Bell was one of the leading figures in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Middlesbrough. A celebration industrialist and leaving national Liberal figure, Bell was at the heart of a number of initiatives in the local area including improvement work on the River Tees, the scheme to build the Tees Transporter Bridge and the Winter Garden social experiment. 

This talk by Heritage Development Officer, Dr Tosh Warwick, in the shadow of Sir Hugh Bell's portrait in Council Chamber, will celebrate one of the men at the heart of shaping ironopolis.


The Council Chamber
Middlesbrough Town Hall Municipal Buildings

Entry by Middlesbrough Town Hall main entrance  (facing Centre Square)

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Town Hall is currently closed for renovation. 

The Victorian Gothic Town Hall is one of Middlesbrough's most distinctive buildings, providing an ideal-sized setting for big name, mainstream live acts and productions from across the UK.

The Town Hall's typical programme includes something for everyone from classical music to pop and rock, comedy's top stars and craft fairs.

Previous acts that have visited are Jimmy Carr, Jools Holland, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Arctic Monkeys and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Take part in performing arts classes. Middlesbrough Town Hall is also available to book for events.

Box Office Opening times

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-4.30pm
Saturday 9am-1.30pm
Sunday Closed

On performance nights the box office is also open from 6pm until show goes on. 01642 729 729 or 01642 81 51 81.


The Main Hall can accommodate up to 10 wheelchairs and the Crypt up to 6 wheelchairs. One free ticket is available for each companion. Please inform the Box Office at time of booking. Please note that the lifts will only hold 330 pounds. Please bear this in mind if you are the owner of a heavy wheelchair.