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.