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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, as 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, once the largest Sunday School in the world, and Christy’s Hat Works, one of the town’s biggest employers for 175 years.

Many of the records are one of a kind and are vital to understanding Stockport’s cultural history and the heritage of its people. Please visit the Local Heritage Library to browse through the archive index or 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 and 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 and the collecting policy of the Archives Service is straightforward: to collect, preserve and make available for public use as much documentary material as possible relating to the present day Stockport Metropolitan Borough area.

If you are interested in donating or bequeathing anything to the archive collection please contact the Local Heritage Library on 0161 474 4530 or email