August Events in and around Sunderland (Mainly of a historical interest)

Posted on Jul 15 2015





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

Sunderland Museum

6th June to 31st August  Sunderland’s First World War: The Home Front

On Tuesday 4th August at 2pm there will be a showing of the new film ‘Sunderland in the First World War’

11th July to 13th September  An exhibition featuring Canaletto’s ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’, which is on loan from the National Gallery

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

21st March to 1st November   The art of mining: art celebrating the region’s rich mining heritage

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

The ‘F’ Pit will be open from 11am to 3pm on July 31st and 1st August with family fun activities.

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

13th June to 31st October     Seaside Shields: holidaying at the seaside from the 1800’s onwards

Durham University Oriental Museum

12th June to 18th October     Nissan: 30 years on – the impact of three decades of Nissan on the lives of the people of the North East


The Canny Space (formerly Sunderland Holy Trinity Church)

The history of boxing in Sunderland exhibition, talk and demonstration had to be postponed and may now take place at the end of the summer.   For more information, please ring 07881106330 or  e-mail

The Donnison School

The Lovell Lectures will be given at The Donnison School, Church Walk, Sunderland from 1pm to 3pm on these Mondays (admission £2.50 for visitors and £2.00 for members, including refreshments)

27th July            Sunderland Boys’ Orphanage Asylum: a journey through time

The Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS)

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

5th September    Stories with strings: a performance of narrative songs about the North East by the folk duo Fool’s Gold.

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

30th July            Eddie Moore will give an update on the listed Hendon gas holder with a slide show of his own photographs

There is no meeting in August.  Please also see notes on the reverse of this page.

Hetton Local and Natural History Society

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


27th July            The Sunderland Chartists George Binns and James Williams       Graeme Anderson

There is no meeting in August

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.

There is no meeting in July

27th August        Share some family history (optional) – open house


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.

23rd July            Historical costumes                                                                   Louise Angus

Ryhope Heritage Society

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

14th July            The guest speaker is Jack Wilson

There is no meeting in August

Silksworth Heritage Group

Meetings are held at Beckwith Mews, Silksworth, presently on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm and the charge is £1, including refreshments

There is no meeting in July or August

South Hylton Local History Society

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

20th July            Kate Middleton’s northern ancestors                                           Brenda Graham

17th August        Tea and more – the story of Ringtons

Sunderland City Library & Arts Centre

13th July to 6th August   Black Cats' Stories:  is a touring exhibition illustrating the significance of football to the people of Sunderland through digital storytelling, photographs, sound, moving images and animation.

It can also be seen at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 10th to 27th August

Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Members and visitors are welcome to view the Society’s archives at the Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, each Wednesday 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 £1.

There is no meeting in July or August but the Heritage Centre will still be open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings right through the summer.

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

Sunderland Community Lectures

These free lectures are held on irregular Wednesdays at the Prospect Building, Sir Tom Cowie at St Peter’s Campus, Sunderland University starting at 2.30pm (please arrive in good time to register)

15th July            Four Saxon churches of the North East                                      Maureen Martin 

12th August       The Mitford sisters                                                                  Sharon Vincent

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.

12th July            The organist is Matthew Bason  Please see

Washington History Society

Meetings are held at 1.30pm on the first Monday of the month at the MIND building in Grasmere Terrace, Columbia.

There is no meeting in August

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

14th July            Knights                                                                                     Edmund Foster

11th August        Saxon churches                                                                          Maureen Martin


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**  At Sunderland Museum on Wednesday 15th July from 1pm to 3pm (drop-in) Kath Price and her textile volunteers will give a demonstration of traditional mat making.

* * The Hendon History Group has been restoring the Sunderland grave of a lone Australian soldier from World War One, T T Powell.  The work is now complete and there will be a blessing at his graveside in Sunderland Cemetery on Friday July 17th at 11 o’clock

** ‘Treasure Island’ in Mowbray Park: 1st and 2nd August, starting at 1pm and 3.30pm each day. Join the award winning Theatre Space NE for the second show of this year's 'Plays in the Park'. Come dressed for the weather and experience this family adventure it happens all around you. Meet at Museum and Winter Gardens entrance. FREE (with donations collected at the end).

** ‘Twelfth Night’ in Barnes Park: 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th August starting at 6.30pm each night. Join the award winning Theatre Space NE for the final show of this years' 'Plays in the Park'. Again come dressed for the weather and experience this classic comedy as it happens all around you. Meet at Coach House Cafe. FREE (with donations collected at the end).

For further information about both of these productions please see

**  On Monday 31st August from 10 o’clock onwards the annual rally of historic vehicles takes place at Seaburn Recreation Ground and a number of the historic buses will give rides.  Admission is £3 (£2 for children and concessions).



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