Middlesbrough meteorite on display in Dorman Museum

by Krysta Eaves, Evening Gazette

Feb 22 2011

A RARE meteorite which landed in Middlesbrough 130 years ago is on display for the first time in a Teesside museum.

The four-and-a-half-billion-year-old meteorite, which has recently undergone tests by NASA to help their 2017 Mars mission, is back in Middlesbrough.

It was witnessed plummeting to earth on March 14 1881, by three railway workers at Pennyman’s Siding, near where St Luke’s Hospital is now. ( 1/2  a mile from my home)

As the town didn’t have a museum at the time, the Middlesbrough meteorite has been looked after by the Yorkshire Museum ever since.

But now the meteorite, which weighs 3lbs 8.5oz, is on display at the Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

Sarah Wellburn, senior museum assistant, said: “It’s the first time since it actually fell in Middlesbrough that it’s been on display here.

“We’re really excited because we’ve been planning this for quite a long time, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have it.”

The meteorite – which was formed at the same time as the earth and the solar system – is described by experts as “very unique”.

Sarah said: “It’s a rare example of that type of meteorite. The only other example in the UK is in the Natural History Museum in London.

“It’s priceless to us and it’s only right that the people of Middlesbrough can see it here where it fell.”

Museum assistant Danny Nayman added: “It’s not here long so people should come and see it. It’s very important.”

The meteorite will be on display until March 20 before being returned to the Yorkshire Museum.


  1. parmos now meteorites and they still havent declared your town a city but maybe one day it will happen one thing darlington will never be doesnt even ring right hope your well xxjen


  2. Wow! The Middlesborough Meteorite! How cool is that! 4 and 1/2 billion years old…imagine the journey it had been on before it hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere to land practically on your doorstep…it could perhaps truly be said to have travelled amongst “cities in the sky, worlds beyond the stars”….to touch it, to hold it, would be wonderful…like, in a sense, reaching out to touch eternity… Take care, and enjoy your meteroite!
    Wistful Timid one 🙂


  3. How interesting Prof Brian Cox showed us a meteorite on his programme on Sunday evening. fascinating to think it had been travelling through space for possibly millions of years. It looks pretty scarred.
    Keep well and stay away from Weight watchers.


  4. Yes this is an in interesting blog especially with the added information, and of course with a nifty looking picture to boot… Definitely a worthy addition to your blogging page this one Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch… Have a fine Wednesday now…



  5. A wanderer as old as the earth – what a story it could tell. Doesn’t look like they let you touch it, and don’t you want to? Be well, dear Kenny.


    • Oh yes Monica. you are spot on. to hold it and feel it’s meaning, it’s amazing history and be hypnotized by it’s age. Alas not to be, but seeing is enough to support my belief, that there is more meaning in this little piece of black rock, than in the whole of the black book !!!


  6. Hi Kenny yes it amazing what falls from our skies.. very interesting, many smaller ones we know drop down to earth all the time.. Lets just hope a BIG chunk never decides to drop in.. Hope you are well Kenny.. and you are gaining weight and enjoying the Sun when it pops out from behind the clouds… ( I wonder….. lol …. if there happens to be any kryptonite in there LOL… )… xox


    • Hi Sue. Yes I feel better than ever now, still putting on weight 84k . So shall have to watch it, or I shall be overweight and we don’t want that now. My heart has enough to deal with as it is 😉
      And we don’t want any of that green stuff either, or I shall never be able to save the world. lol.
      Take care my lovely friend x


  7. Interesting, I will be in Jorvik next month so will seek out the Middlesbrough rock 🙂


    • I have never actually seen a meteorite close up, I shall be visiting our museum at the earliest opportunity. Amazing the things that fall from the sky, apart from bombs !
      Man. U. are looking good.
      Be well Laird.


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