Stockport Libraries holds an extensive collection of original and unique archival materials.

Our archives record over 500 years of Stockport History, from Tudor times to the present day. These are invaluable to anyone wanting to research any aspect of the history of Stockport. They include deposit collections from the local authority and other public bodies such as religious, family and business records.

Two of the biggest and most important collections are those of Stockport Sunday School. It was once the largest Sunday School in the world. Also, Christy’s Hat Works, one of the town’s biggest employers for 175 years.

Many of the records are one of a kind. They're vital to understanding Stockport’s cultural history and the heritage of its people. Visit the Local Heritage Library to browse through the archive index. You can also discover a growing number of records in our online catalogue. Contact us if you have any research queries.

Anyone wishing to view the archives will need to fill in a request form on arrival. However please be aware that not all items are kept on site. Some may require one week’s prior notice to see them.

The collection is managed by a professional archivist with the help of the Local Heritage Library staff. The collection is continuously growing. The collecting policy of the Archives Service is straightforward; to collect, preserve and make documentary material accessible for public use that relates to the present day Stockport Metropolitan Borough area.

If you're interested in donating anything to the archive collection please contact the Local Heritage Library on 0161 474 4530. Alternatively, email