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Help us save this Portrait of Henry Pease

Henry Pease Portrait

Will you help to save this slice of history for our museums?

Tees Valley Arts are leading the fundraising effort to save this important portrait of Henry Pease for our region. It will be jointly accessioned by the Head of Steam Museum in Darlington, the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough and Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar with the aim of making it available to all of the museums in the region that has been so profoundly shaped by the industrious nature of the Pease family.

The portrait of Henry Pease hanging in his home Pierremont House, Darlington

The History

The portrait depicts Henry Pease, one of the leading Industrialists of the 19th Century. He is perhaps best known as one of the founders of passenger railway as a Director of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. He is also remembered as the founding father of the Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the first purpose-built railway seaside resort.

He is less well known in his role as President of the Peace Society and his campaign to prevent the Crimean War between Britain, France and Russia, during which he met with the Russian Tsar in an attempt to negotiate a peaceful resolution. When that failed, he was received in Paris by Emperor Louis Napoleon, with the aim of establishing a Peace Congress in the city.

Whilst he was not successful in his efforts to prevent the Crimean Conflict – the weights of two empires being against him – it is perhaps this context that makes the current portrait so important. The artist was Jerry Barrett, a Victorian painter who is most well remembered for his own paintings of the Crimean War.

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Among these are two paintings hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, one depicting Queen Victoria visiting her soldiers and another showing Florence Nightingale tending to the wounded (above). We don’t know how this campaigner for peace and this painter of conflict first met but the portrait is a lasting testament to both men’s involvement in the war.

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Donations of any size are welcome, please join us and donate whatever you can afford through our fundraising platform and help rescue this piece of our history.*

* any additional funds raised over the purchase price will be used to support the research and display of the painting

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Tees Valley officially a Great Place

Tees Valley Combined Authority has secured £1.5 million as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England Great Place scheme to fund activities which will put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the community.

We’re simply delighted to be part of the successful Greater Places bid led by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which will engage people across the sub-region. We look forward to starting our two projects, Real Tees Valley and Five Rivers, which will work with young people and diverse communities in all five boroughs.

Michael Lavery, Vice Chair of Tees Valley Arts

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Music Leader Sought for Worldbeaters

Tees Valley Arts is seeking a musician to recruit, support and develop a group of people from newly arrived communities, with a view to a performance during Refugee Week (w/c 19th June). The ‘Worldbeaters’ project is supported by legacy funding from the Northern Rock Foundation.


The Worldbeaters project will use music to identify and bring together a group of people (c6 -10 persons) from diverse and newly arrived communities, to support them to develop their music/ song-writing/ performance skills, so that they can perform their ‘piece/s’ at a TVA event (details and date tbc) during Refugee Week (19 – 25th June 2017).

It is vital that the project is open, welcoming and inclusive; that people in difficult and vulnerable circumstances are supported and made to feel welcome; that participants and workers from other organisations who support them are treated with respect; and that everyone taking part is able to grow in confidence, as individuals and as a collaborative group.

Duration: Please see brief for timetable
Fees: £4,000

Application Information

To Apply

Please send your CV (no more than TWO sides of A4) and a letter of application (no more than ONE side of A4) that states your relevant experience and suitability for the role.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for your own transport to sessions and meetings.
  • You will need to provide evidence of public liability insurance at the point of the awarding of contract.


Your application must arrive by 10am Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Send applications to:

Rowena Sommerville
Tees Valley Arts
Royal Middlehaven House
21 Gosford Street

Or email to:

Please note: email applications are preferred.

Selection will be made Tuesday 28th February 2017. (TVA may hold interviews on Friday 3rd March if we think it’s necessary).

For any further information, please contact Rowena Sommerville, TVA CEO, on 01642 264 655 or


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