Making a Mark in the Tees Valley

Exploring our identity and place through museum collections

Resource for teachers

Did you know the world’s first public railway ran from Stockton to Darlington, or that the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in Middlesbrough, from ironstone mined in the local hills? The remarkable story of the Tees Valley journeys through industry and innovation, creativity and design, and exploration - around the world and into outer space. It’s a story of everyday people who not only made their mark on the region but whose legacies are still impacting on our lives across Britain and around the world today.

Exploring the history of their locality helps students develop a sense of place and identity. This rich resource includes themed photographs, objects, paintings and documents, from museums and galleries across the Tees Valley and from the National Portrait Gallery in London, alongside fascinating information and useful ideas to support curriculum-linked learning at Key Stage 1-3.

Explore the Timeline

Image gallery: explore by theme