• New build Museum Collections Store & Workshops in Victorian Period Street
  • Lottery-funded project to improve access to the Museum’s collections
  • Extensive consultations with English Heritage (now Historic England)
  • Very successful new facilities opened in 2010

Preston Hall, set in a 110-acre park, was built in 1825 and extended in the 1880s. It is the headquarters and main museum of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Museum Service. In addition to the Grade II Listed Building, the Hall also incorporates a Victorian Period Street and extensive parkland and gardens extending to the River Tees

Working within the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Partnering Framework, Phil Newbold, Senior Associate at Dewjo’c Architects, managed the consultation, design and construction phases of this £1.4m project on a tight programme and budget and with very challenging site restrictions from a nearby group of mature trees

Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008, the site for this development had to be cleared, including the demolition of two modern storage sheds containing a substantial amount of the Museum’s collection. The two new buildings and the paved courtyards around them provide an extension to the existing Victorian Period Street

This development radically improves the buildings and facilities at the Museum, making it easier for visitors to find out about their local heritage. It has created new spacious and accessible facilities for the staff and enables the Museum to improve care of its collections and access to the collections by visitors and professional users. The new buildings comprise a large storage warehouse for large items in the collection plus adjoining staff offices, a blacksmith’s workshop and forge plus an adjoining staff office and a large paved area for displaying vehicles

This development was completed in August 2010 and was part of a wider scheme of improvements to the quality and accessibility of the displays in the Hall and Period Street which, together with improvements to the parkland and riverside access, were the subject of separate Heritage Lottery funded projects for 2011 and beyond

Preston Hall Museum & Park

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