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The Borough’s known history stretches from the Bronze Age settlement at Ingleby Barwick to the new town of Billingham and from the historic ports of Yarm and Stockton to the oil and chemical industry based at Seal Sands.
The legacy of this history can be seen in the landscape, buildings, photographs and documents we have today.
Local famous pioneers include the inventor of the friction match, John Walker, and the furniture designer Thomas Sheraton, who have helped to form the heritage of Stockton-on-Tees. The birth of modern-day railways in Stockton heralded an era of economic prosperity and focused the attention of the world on the town.
Stockton has developed a Heritage Strategy for the Borough. This is the first Heritage Strategy produced for Stockton-on-Tees and forms an important part of celebrating our wealth of heritage assets, the projects we have delivered and are currently initiating.
This Strategy allows us all to celebrate and appreciate the heritage we have in the Borough. It allows us to understand more clearly how we manage and protect our heritage. It finally allows us to consider the importance of our heritage and our commitment to conserving, interpreting and promoting it.
The Picture Stockton Archive was originally created to give the people of Stockton access to the large collection of local images held by the Stockton Library and Museums services.
These collections have been supplemented by the many contributions we have received from site visitors over the years. As well as being able to view the images, visitors are encouraged to add their own comments and stories, creating a real social history of our area.
Contributions of suitable images are always welcome, check the Picture Stockton website for details of the collections policy.
Changing faces of Stockton
If you are interested in the history of Stockton Town Centre you will find fascinating "now-and-then" pictures in the Changing faces of Stockton e-publication. It gives an insight into the historic buildings which line the High street, the occupiers and their trades, from as early as 1790.
Local History Groups
The Stockton-on-Tees Local History Group is a small group which started in May 2001.
They have conducted research into various aspects of the town's history and produce two local journals a year, the 'Stockton-on-Tees Local History Journal'.
The group is self-supporting, with members contributing to the costs. They welcome enquiries and information about Stockton's history. As they are all volunteers, they cannot undertake research for family historians or student projects. However, many of the articles they produce contain family history information.
The Stockton-on-Tees Local History Group would like to make the Stockton-on-Tees Local History Journal available to a wider audience. If you would like a copy of a journal or an individual article please contact the Secretary. A charge is made to cover the cost of printing and postage. The journals or articles are produced as A5 booklets.
Contact: Susan McLaurin, Secretary
Address: Stockton Local History Group, 29 Malvern Drive, Stokesley, TS9 5NS
Telephone: 01642 710838
Other Local History Groups
Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS)
Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS) is an active archaeological society covering the Tees Valley, Cleveland and the surrounding area. There is a monthly programme of lectures held in Stockton Central Library with speakers varying from professional archaeologists and University lecturers to experienced amateurs.
Tees Archaeology provides archaeological services to the people and local authorities of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees and operates throughout the Tees Valley.
If you're involved in a local history group, please contact Stockton-on-Tees Local History Group on Tel: 01642 710838 so we can include your details here.