The History Hunt was another instalment of the ‘Street Museum’ project, a programme working with  Durham University Museums to connect the former mining village of Blackhall with thousands of years of history in the university’s collection. 

On the 24th of February, families got together at Blackhall Community Centre to take part in the History Hunt. The Street Museum and Blackhall team led a fun-filled day to entertain the whole family during half-term as well as providing an interactive way to learn a little more about the history of Blackhall.

Families had the opportunity to help the Blackhall and Street Museum team piece together the Kasko ship. Kasko was steel, 628-ton steamship and in February 1920 while en-route from Gothenburg to the Tees in thick-fog and heavy seas it was stranded on Black Hall Rocks. The crew reached the shore safely but, despite repeated efforts to pull the ship clear, it stayed fast on the rocks and eventually broke up. This was a great opportunity to learn more about Blackhall’s own history. 

There were also fun activities based around Ancient Egypt, with a Pharoah’s crown crafting activity. Alongside some very exciting news about what items will be 3D printed to be exhibited at the Street Museum exhibition! Watch this space to find out what they will be…

A huge thank you to Blackhall Community Centre, the Street Museum team, and volunteers for another amazing event, and a big shout-out to the families for getting involved and making this event such a success.