MINING MUSEUM: On Saturday, February 16, the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is having the first of its spring lectures at 2pm, ‘Alum, a forgotten industry’ by Peter Appleton. The lecture will present an overview of the alum industry from the early 17th to the mid 19th centuries with particular focus on the Loftus alum works. For further information and current admission charges please visit


LOCAL HISTORY: Another drop-in roadshow is being held to give people an opportunity to contribute family photographs and documents of bygone Hartlepool to an online community archive. Launched last year, the ‘Hartlepool History – Then and Now’ project has created a website featuring a personal record of the life and times of the town and its people over the decades. The roadshow is on Tuesday, February 12 in the Headland Library in Middlegate from 10am to 12.30pm. Photographs, albums and documents will be copied while people wait. For more information, contact Gary Green on 0775-2215633 or Diane Marlborough, Hartlepool Reference Librarian, on 01429-242909. People can visit the ‘Hartlepool History - Then and Now’ website at


CADET VOLUNTEERS: Cleveland Police Cadets are celebrating a record 2,800 hours of community volunteering during 2012. The uniformed Cadets, aged between 13 and 17, attend the weekly police-themed personal development programme in Redcar, Stockton, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. They have taken part in a variety of events from fundraising and sponsored activities, to supporting local events such as the Middlesbrough Mela, Northern Games for People with Disabilities and community litter picks. Anyone with ideas for a volunteering project or activity that the police cadets could support, or anyone who would like to enquire about joining the programme, should call 0845-271-3883.