Middlesbrough '86

Middlesbrough 86 Project, organised by Theatre is Real Life Productions, is a heritage, sport and education project which celebrates the fight back from the brink in 1986 by Middlesbrough Football Club. 

Brian Debnam has provided chief consultancy and fundraising strategy in the planning stage of the project. Whereas Maria Zolotonosa is assisting in managing the delivery of the project. 

The project is being organised by the Middlesbrough 86 Partnership, a group of representatives from major cultural organisations in Middlesbrough including Teesside University, the Dorman Museum, the Captin Cook Birthplace Museum, Middlesbrough Libraries and Theatre Is Real Life. The project uses the celebration of the town’s football history to evoke community spirited recollection, providing opportunities for learning, participation and skill training across a diverse community.

A series of events are designed to assist people in recollecting their memories and stories about football and permit a new generation of young people to learn about their heritage. Since August we have collected more than 40 recordings and have gathered enough memorabilia to form an exhibition in one of the town’s biggest museums. The participating organisations are each holding free events about the history of football in Middlesbrough, allowing members of the public to directly participate and learn in a fun and meaningful way.