Events in and around Sunderland - September Issue

Posted on Sep 20 2016

Dates For Your Diary – September issue

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


For Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Monkwearmouth Station Museum news please see and

Sunderland Museum

To 6th November  ‘Snakes alive!’ the fascinating world of snakes. Please note  that admission charges apply for this exhibition (children £1.50 and adults £2.50). In addition there will be ‘Meet the Snakes’ interactive snake shows at 11am, 1pm and 2pm every Saturday until Saturday 5th November – these cost £2.50 per person but are not suitable for children under five.

Until 6th November there will be a display in the Open Space Gallery on the second floor illustrating the work of Sunderland’s Bangladeshi Heritage Project.

To 16th October  Thirty years of Nissan     2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Nissan producing cars in Sunderland. The first car off the production line was a Nissan Bluebird, Job No.1 and this car is part of the new exhibition.

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

To 6th November  Nissan: 30 years on.  Photographer James Sebright and writer/audio artist Rachel Cochrane explore how Nissan has impacted the lives of people in the region, to create a present-day snapshot of the effect of 30 years of Nissan in the North East.

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum Open Days

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum will be open from 11am to 3pm on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October


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)

26th September              Wellington’s secret victory                                             Jack Curtis       

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 5.45pm

29th September              The Sunderland Boy’s Orphanage                                  Janette Hilton

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 further information

26th September              Members’ evening

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.

22nd September             Their name liveth for evermore (the work of the Commonwealth War Graves

Commission)                                                                                                     Bernard Hope

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 5615660 for further information.

15th September              A growing pleasure – how gardening for pleasure changed from being the preserve of the wealthy into a leisure activity open to all                                     Sandra Lane

Ryhope Heritage Society

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

11th October                  The history of Ryhope Colliery                                       Brian Ibinson

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

19th September              Pubs in the Sunderland area                                          Ron Lawson

South Hylton Local History Society

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

19th September              Breeders, bankers and bankrupts                                   Tim Brown

Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Sunderland Antiquarian Society has a website at and a lively Facebook site at

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 The Tom Cowie Business Suite, Thornhill School, Thornholme Road (please note the change of venue) on the 3rd Tuesday at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, charge £2.                                            

20th September              RAF Usworth Squadron, NE Battle of Britain and Sunderland Air Days

                                                                                                            Dave Walmsley

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 Theatre Organ Preservation Society

Please see for details. The 1932 Compton Theatre Organ was formerly at the Odeon in Holmeside.  Concerts are held on irregular Sunday afternoons at Ryhope Community Centre, Black Road, Ryhope SR2 0RX starting at 2.30pm.

18th September              Bob Chilton will be the organist at this special concert, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The Mayor of Sunderland will be in attendance.

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). For further information please see

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

11th October                  Tunstall Hills                                                                  Allan White


*  Southwick History and Preservation Society (SHAPS

At 2pm on Saturday 17th September at  Holy Trinity Church, Church Bank, Southwick there will be a talk by Michael Johnson on the Church of St Columba. Visitors are welcome (charge £1) and refreshments are available. For more information please email or telephone 5220900 

*  Washington Carnival will take place on Saturday 17thSeptember at Albany Park, Washington NE371BJ from 10am to 4pm. Various heritage groups will be present and entry is free.

*  At 1.30pm on Wednesday 21st September at Washington Arts Centre there will be a screening of the new documentary film ‘Listen to me Marlon’ telling the life story of Marlon Brando.  CERT 15

Also at Washington Arts Centre, at 7.30pm on Thursday 29th September there will be a production of Chernobyl@30 by Theatre Sans Frontieres, marking thirty years since the Chernobyl disaster.  For more information please ring 5613455 or see

*   Sunderland Illuminations take place again this autumn at Roker Park and along the seafront from Saturday 24th September to Saturday 5th November.  There will be a charge of £1 to enter Roker Park with children of two and under going free. For more information please see

*   A new selection of archive footage film, ‘Sunderland on film Take2’ will be shown at The Quayside Exchange, High Street East SR1 2AX on Friday 30th September at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.  Tickets cost £6 and are available from the City Library and Arts Centre.

*  Lastly  Houghton Feast runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 16th October and the website is

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