April Events in & around Sunderland (Mainly of a Historical Interest)
|Posted on Apr 12 2016|
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY TO THE END OF APRIL
(events in and around Sunderland, mainly of a historical interest)
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 http://www.hettonlocalhistory.org.uk/ 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
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
P.S. Sunderland Antiquarian Society has a website at http://www.sunderland-antiquarians.org/ 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 http://www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/stops/ 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
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 https://www.facebook.com/ShesFired/ 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 www.sunderlandvlb.com
Hundreds of historic photographs from the collection of Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens can be seen on the Museum’s flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/137368687@N02/albums 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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