April Events in & around Sunderland (Mainly of a Historical Interest)

Posted on Apr 12 2016


(events in and around Sunderland, mainly of a historical interest)


Sunderland Museum

From 23rd April  International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition


Monkwearmouth Station Museum

To 30th April       Ian S Carr: a Wearside railway photographer


The Great North Museum: Hancock

To 3rd May         The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell:  the Washington-born archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer, mountaineer and explorer


The Donnison School

The Lovell Lectures will be given at The Donnison School, Church Walk, Sunderland from 1pm to 3pm on certain Mondays (admission £3.00 for visitors and £2.50 for members, including refreshments)

25th April           With Havelock to Lucknow!                                            Stuart Miller


The Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS)

Meetings are held in Sunderland Museum on irregular Saturdays at 2pm. Visitors welcome, charge £1

9th April             The coming of the railways to Sunderland                       Professor Eric Fletcher


Hendon History Group

Meetings are held at the Carnegie Community Corner (the former Hendon Library in Villette Road) on the last Thursday of the month starting at 6.30pm

28th April                       Update of Hendon Past and Present group projects


Hetton Local and Natural History Society

Meetings are held in Hetton and Eppleton Community Hall at 7pm – the entrance fee of £2 includes

refreshments.  Please see for details


Houghton and District Local History Group

Meetings are held at the Kepier Hall (behind Houghton Parish Church) on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6.45pm – a charge of £2 includes refreshments.

28th April                       The Mitford sisters                                                        Sharon Vincent


Nifty Fifties

The group meets fortnightly on a Thursday in the City Library and Arts Centre from 1.30 to 3pm and

the charge is £2.50 per session, refreshments included.  Please ring 5611235 for further information.

14th April                       Beowulf                                                                                    John Sadler


Ryhope Heritage Society

Meetings are held at Ryhope Community Centre on the second Tuesday of each month at 1.30pm

12th April                       The speaker will be Phil Curtis


Silksworth Heritage Group

Meetings are held at Beckwith Mews, Silksworth, on the third Monday of each month at 1.30pm and the charge is £1, including refreshments

18th April                       Developments at Beamish Museum                                Geraldine Straker


South Hylton Local History Society

Meetings are held on the third Monday at The South Hylton Tansy Centre at 7pm

18th April                       Annual General Meeting and faith supper


Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Members and visitors are welcome to view the Society’s archives at the Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning from 9.30 to 12.  Meetings are held in St. George’s Church, Stockton Road, on the 3rd Tuesday at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, charge £2.

19th April           To the workhouse born – a child’s life in nineteenth century Sunderland                       

                                                                                                                        Norman Kirtlan

P.S. Sunderland Antiquarian Society has a website at and a lively Facebook site at  


Sunderland Civic Society

Meetings are held at Age UK, The Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road on the second Thursday of alternate months starting at 6pm.  Visitors welcome, charge £1

The next meeting, on Thursday 12th May, will be addressed by Dan Hattle, the Planning Implementation Manager for Sunderland City Council.  Come and put your questions about development in Sunderland to him.


Sunderland Theatre Organ Preservation Society

Concerts are held on irregular Sunday afternoons at Ryhope Community Centre, Black Road, Ryhope starting at 2.30pm.  The 1932 Compton Theatre Organ was formerly at the Odeon in Holmeside.  Please see for details

17th April           The organist will be Paul Roberts, in a programme jointly promoted by the Theatre Organ Club

Washington History Society

Meetings are held at 1.30pm on the first Monday of the month at the Life House (Washington MIND’s premises in Grasmere Terrace, Columbia, formerly Glebe Colliery Welfare)

9th May (a week later than usual because of the Bank Holiday)      Annual General Meeting


Wearside Field Club

Meetings are held in Fulwell Community Centre, Chapman Street (behind Fulwell Junior School) on the second Tuesday at 7.30 pm.   Visitors welcome, charge £1

12th April                       The River Wear                                                              Gary Bankhead


For up to date news of Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Monkwearmouth Station Museum please see and


In the Textile Traditions Gallery at Sunderland Museum from 1 to 3pm on 13th April members of the Sunderland Branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild will demonstrate their skills. On 20th April from 1pm to 3pm (drop-in) Kath Price and her textile volunteers will give a demonstration of traditional mat making. 


On Saturday 23rd April at Seaham Town Hall, Stockton Road, Seaham SR7 0HP there will be a production of ‘She’s Fired’ – a musical narrative by Bob Lowery and John Wrightson based on the 1880 Seaham Pit Disaster.  The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8.  For more information please see  or ring 07970279186 or 07900702331


Sunderland Volunteer Watch House Museum has reopened after its winter closure. It is open every Sunday from 12 to 4pm and admission is free. For further information please see


Hundreds of historic photographs from the collection of Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens can be seen on the Museum’s flickr page at   The albums include Port of Sunderland, Sunderland Shipbuilding, Sunderland Street Scenes and the Alan Williamson Collection which covers Sunderland in the seventies, eighties and nineties.


Just one final date – The Sunderland History Fair, arranged by Sunderland Heritage Forum, will take place at the Quayside Exchange in High Street East from 10 to 4 on Saturday 4th June – more information to follow.



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