Teesside Archives preserves and collects archives relating to the areas of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland, making them publicly accessible. The earliest resource dates from the twelfth century, but most of their collections date from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
They also have resources up to the present day. Collections have been deposited by councils, local businesses, associations and individuals.
They hold a wide range of sources on many different mediums, so whether you are researching the history of your local area, studying your family history, conducting research for an assignment, or tracing the history of a house, you will the documents held of use. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.
Collections incorporate many records which include:
Opening Hours can be found by going to the appropriate section of their About the Archives page.
A pay and display car park is located behind the building. They are roughly a 5 minute walk from Middlesbrough Railway Station, and a 10 minute walk from Middlesbrough Bus Station.
It is important to make an appointment before visiting the Archive, and to find out if the resources you wish to consult are available before visiting in order to avoid disappointment, especially if you have travelled a long distance. Documents may be pre-ordered so that they may be recovered when you arrive, but you have to give specific details of the document you want to order.
Only pencils must be used in the the searchroom in order to avoid the documents being damaged, and no food or drink is allowed.
You can use a digital camera, but a charge is made for using this service. If you wish to take photographs of any documents, you will need to complete the Copyright Declaration form. Whilst some documents can be photocopied, this is not the case for all documents because some are fragile and easily damaged.
If you are unable to visit in person, a Research Service is offered.
Teesside Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).
For further information regarding other Record Offices in County Durham, please visit my page relating to County Durham Record Office.