Kirkleatham Museum was opened in 1709 by the Turner family for the purpose of a School. Between the 1730's and 1780's the building housed Yorkshire's second oldest public museum. Later it was used as a private house until the 1970's, when it became the principal museum for the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland.
The museum holds a wide-range of object and archival collections, many of which are significant to the people and places of Redcar and Cleveland.
The collections include themes such as; transport, fine art, shipbuilding, posters, local/social history, archaeology, sea rescue, costume, natural history, ironstone mining, packaging and various ephemera, iron and steel making, World Wars I & II, personal possessions and decorative art.
The Museum also supports and liaises with; the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (history of Ironstone Mining in Skinningrove), The Zetland Lifeboat Museum (History of sea rescue and general local history of Redcar), Winkies Castle Museum (local history of Marske-by-the-Sea) and Guisborough Museum (local history of Guisborough).
Tel 01642 479500
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums (external link)
Tel: (01287) 634595
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/sunnyfield (external link)
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Tel: (01287) 642877
www.ironstonemuseum.co.uk (external link)
Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre
Next to Ship Inn
Tel: (01287) 625252
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums - Saltburn Smugglers(external link - accessed Oct-2007)
162 High Street
Tel: (01642) 775086
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums - Winkies Castle(external link - accessed Oct-2007)
Zetland Lifeboat Museum
5 King Street
Tel: (01642) 494311
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums - Zetland Lifeboat Museum(external link - accessed Oct-2007)