We believe that the people of Stockton deserve to be celebrated. There is so much to be proud of, from the likes of the Ropner family who lived in Preston Hall and helped build the town into a thriving area, to the thousands of passionate people across the town who are the heart and soul of Stockton.
The story of Stockton is one that involves people from all walks of life. It began thousands of years ago with the first settlers and farmers, progressed with the wealthy industrialists of the 19th century and is now transformed into the modern structures that we see today. We are living in a prosperous town filled with culture and community spirit, and that’s thanks to the local people from the past as well as the present.
Within our collections, we like to recognise everyone who has played a part in making Stockton the town it is. This includes anything from the people who work in the many industries the town is known for – shipbuilding, potteries, brickwork, engineering, chemicals etc. – to those who have helped to establish the museum and allowed it to tell the story of Stockton’s history so fabulously.
In our collections, we recognise the role of women in the town, from influential individuals to their changing role in the workplace. Further to this, we show gratitude to the people who were involved in the World Wars and remember the parts they played in some of the most difficult times in history.
Our collection includes a significant selection of photographs showing both individuals and groups of people from Stockton, as well as representing people through thousands of objects, works of art and pieces of archive. We think that to have all these items and memories with a connection to our town in one place is a great way to show our love and appreciation to Stockton.