Events in & around Sunderland (mainly of a historical interest) July Issue

Posted on Jul 15 2016


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

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Sunderland Museum

16th July to 6th November  Snakes alive! the fascinating world of snakes. Please note  that admission charges apply for this exhibition (children £2.50 and adults £3.50). In addition there will be interactive snake shows from 16th July to 30th August which will cost £1.50 per person – these will be held at 11am,1pm and 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays except for Saturday 20th August.

26th April to 30th September        Heroic Endeavours (glass sculptures by James Maskrey celebrating local hero Harry Watts)

End of July 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 and this actual car is on display in the Time Machine Gallery in Sunderland Museum. To mark this anniversary Sunderland Museum and Nissan are working together to create an exhibition around ‘Job 1’ telling the Nissan story in Sunderland and looking forward to a bright technologically driven future for the Sunderland factory in the 21st century.

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

16th July 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

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum will be open from 11am to 3pm on 5th and 6th August for a family fun day

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 July  The day that the German Navy came to attack Sunderland: 18th August 1916      Alan Owen

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 July            The folk of Hendon                                                       Pauline 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

25th July            Medieval gardening                                                       Jennifer Tindall

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.

25th August        Bygone days in North East England (a DVD showing)

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.

21st July            Past life regression                                                       Amanda Barrell

4th August         The other side of Elvis                                                   Stephanie Yearnshire

18th August        ‘A funny thing happened on the way to the crem…’         Rev. Ian Davies

Ryhope Heritage Society

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

12th July            The Suffragettes                                                                       Sharon Vincent

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

South Hylton Local History Society

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

18th July            'Pedagogues, perps, prostitutes and piles'                                 Linda King

15th August        An evening of nostalgia

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, 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.

There are no talks in July and August, with the new season starting in September

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

21st July            The July meeting will be a continuation of Dr. Andy Lane’s examination of the building stones of Sunderland – please meet at the junction of Fawcett Street and St Thomas Street at 6pm

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 starting at 2.30pm.

21st August        The organist will be Joe Marsh

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

12th July            Victorian women and their money                                   Dr Winifred Stokes

9th August         The Magna Carta                                                           John Sadler


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

*  Southwick History and Preservation Society (SHAPS

At 2pm on Saturday 16th July at  Holy Trinity Church, Church Bank, Southwick there will be a talk on the history of Holy Trinity Church. Visitors are welcome (charge £1) and refreshments are available (£1)  For more information please email or telephone 0191 5220900 

*  The Sunderland Community Lectures take place again this summer at the Prospect Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peters, University of Sunderland from May to August, starting at 2.30pm.

3rd August         How the East was won: attracting Nissan to Sunderland  Ged Parker

24th August        The Codex Amiatinus                                                     Matthew Storey

* The Hetton Smithy will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 6th August  with demonstrations by the blacksmith John Guy.  It is situated in North Road, Hetton le Hole DH5 9JS

*  Michael Ganley’s SAFC Museum is exhibiting on the ground floor of the City Library and Arts Centre from 9.30am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 4pm Saturdays.

*  During the summer months Sunderland Volunteer Watch House Museum is open every Sunday from 12 to 4pm and admission is free. For further information please see

*  The Canny Space  (formerly Sunderland Parish Church) On Monday 18th July from 2 to 3pm,

Amanda Gerry, the Project Coordinator extends an invitation to join her and the Churches Conservation Trust’s Director of Regeneration for coffee and cake and to learn more about the plans for The Canny Space, including sharing concept designs .  Please rsvp your attendance at this event to         From 12.30 to 3pm on Thursday 31st August there will be a Georgian family event which will include Georgian storytellers and re-enactors, a Punch and Judy show and Georgian games and crafts.  For more information please contact Amanda on 07881106330

*  Theatre Space North East will be back again with their Plays in the Park this summer.  Romeo and Juliet will be performed in Roker Park at 7pm on July 14th, 15th ,16th & 17th starting at the beach entrance to the park.  George and the Dragon will be performed in Mowbray Park on Saturday 30th July at 5pm and on Sunday 31st July at 11am, 2pm and 5pm starting at the Museum and Winter Gardens. The Taming of the Shrew will be performed in Barnes Park on 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th August at 6.30pm, starting from the Coach House Café entrance to the park.

*  On 26th August at 6pm Sunderland Old Township Heritage Society will be holding a cheese and wine social at The Donnison School, with a presentation  ‘Body snatchers’ by Sharon Vincent – the cost is £5 per person.


Please note that the next issue of Dates For your Diary will be in September.


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