Stan Binks was a local artist, historian and all round collector. Born in 1924 Stan grew up in Loftus. During World War Two he served as a 'Bevin Boy', substituting for miners who were in the armed forces. After the war Stan completed two years of National Service with the Green Howards; he was attached to REME and based in Germany. Following his marriage in 1951, Stan moved to Skinningrove, and worked at Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works which had dominated the local landscape throughout his working life.
Stan even held the role of Chair for the local Skinningrove History Group. He spent his life researching the history of Skinningrove and East Cleveland compiling in depth memories and stories. Many of his paintings gifted to the museum date from the 1970s and 1980s and represent a changing time within Skinningrove.
Stan manages to capture daily life, people and places throughout the village. Here are just a few of the paintings donated to the museum.
Stan Binks: Art in Real Life
We took Stan Binks' paintings to the places they depict
Women’s History Month Celebrating Cleveland’s Women
Celebrating Cleveland's Women during First World War and its Aftermath
Lord Furness Obituary
Obituary for Lord Furness, article from The Times, 11 November 1912
Women behind the scenes of the mining villages – keeping it afloat!
To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Woman’s Day, we believe it is vital to showcase the important work done by the women who belonged to our mining villages.