About us

A consortium of five museum services, managing seven lively and engaging museums and galleries across the Tees Valley.

We are Tees Valley Museums.

Tees Valley Museums Consortium consists of the museum services of Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. It was formed in 2017 to develop collaborative working for the purpose of delivering better services to the public.

The five museum services of Tees Valley Museums Consortium hold extensive collections of art, archaeology, social, industrial and maritime history as well as a wide array of world cultures. We work together to promote pride in the history of the Tees Valley.

Our museums and galleries are:

  • Preston Park Museum and Grounds
  • Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum
  • Hartlepool Art Gallery
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
  • Dorman Museum
  • Kirkleatham Museum

To find out more, take a look at our museums.

Our vision, mission and values are:

  • Our vision is an inspiring partnership delivering an outstanding cultural and learning offer to the people of Tees Valley and the wider region. This offer will be made possible by a workforce that is confident, experienced, valued, skilled and fully engaged with a widening and deepening audience.
  • Our mission is to reveal the history and heritage of the Tees Valley in compelling and distinctive ways to larger and more widely dispersed audiences. We will do this through working on access improvements, displays, exhibitions, events and special projects commissioned and delivered in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
  • We base this vision on core values of cooperation, transparency and honesty within the partnership and with our audiences. The work we do is important to the communities we serve and they deserve work of the highest possible quality. We will strive to make our venues and our work accessible and underpin that ambition through agreed policies on inclusion, accessibility and equality.

Our sponsors and partners:

Tees Valley Museums Consortium is supported in its work by the five local authorities of the Tees Valley. In 2018 we were granted National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England, receiving funding to further our work.

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