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Points of Interest: Middlesbrough
Situated on the south bank of the River Tees in North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough is a large town forming part of the larger Teesside area.
In the 18th Century, Middlesbrough was home to large iron foundry and rolling mill and as the years rolled by into the mid-19th century, pig iron production grew tenfold.
It is this scale of growth that gave the town its nickname ‘Ironopolis’. It is also the reason that the Latin “Erimus” (meaning “we shall be”) was chosen as the motto for Middlesbrough.
In 1992, Middlesbrough became a university town as Teesside University, which had been in operation as a college for further and higher education for the best part of six decades, was established. It is now well-known for its computer animation and games design courses as it co-hosts the annual Animex International Festival of Animation.
This festival began as series of lectures over the course of two days in 2000 but it is now a week-long event. This includes the original two-day Animex Talk, but also further presentations, exhibitions, workshops and the opportunity for people to try their hand at animation.
Middlesbrough also has a healthy arts community. It is home to the second-largest collection of Picassos in the UK which can be found in the Institute of Modern Art. The Gallery opened in 2007 and also holds works by other renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Henri Matisse.
The large town has plenty of green space thanks to its two major parks, Albert Park and Stewart Park. The former was donated to Middlesbrough in 1866 by Henry Bolckow while the latter was donated in 1928 by Councillor Thomas Dorman Stewart - hence the name.
Nearby the parks are two of Middlesbrough’s museums: the Dorman Museum which is a general museum featuring exhibitions relating to natural sciences and the history of the town and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum which is a biographical museum that opened on the 250th anniversary of the birth of the explorer.
Sport also plays a large role in the community as championship football team Middlesbrough F.C. is based at the Riverside Stadium. Its main rivals are other Teesside-based teams Sunderland and Newcastle United.