Jan & Feb Events in and around Sunderland (Mainly of a historical interest)

Posted on Jan 18 2016

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


Sunderland Museum

To 24th January    Look and Inspire:  pin-hole camera photographs of the changing face of Sunderland

To 3rd April            Sunderland: Then and Now – paintings, drawings and prints from the Museum’s collection together with present-day photographs of the same views

To 3rd April            Sunderland Style: Then and Now – fashion from the 1940’s to the 1970’s

6th February          Chinese New Year Celebration   11am to 3pm (drop-in)   Celebrate the year of the monkey with Chinese arts and crafts, lion dances and family trails. This is a free activity.


Monkwearmouth Station Museum

To 28th February   Ian S Carr: a Wearside railway photographer

16th February        Meccano Models - see the amazing moving models of the North East Meccano Society and make your own models from KNEX kits from 11am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 3pm in the Children’s Gallery


South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

To 23rd January    Nissan:  30 years on – the impact of Nissan on the people of the North East


The Great North Museum: Hancock

30th January to 3rd May       The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell


The Donnison School

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

Please ring the Donnison School (tel: 5654835) for the latest information


The Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS)

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

13th February        AGM   followed by Life in an Elizabethan City                                              Edmund Foster


Hetton Local and Natural History Society

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


11th January          Forty years of nature conservation in County Durham (please note that tonight’s meeting is to be held at the Hetton Centre and will start at 6.30pm)                                                       Julie Stobbs

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 January          AGM   followed by ‘Share your mining heritage’

25th February        What did you do in the War, Mammy?                                                            Peter Welsh


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.

21st January          The history of forensics: how three particular cases were solved using fingerprints, trace evidence or DNA                                                                                                 John Yearnshire 


Ryhope Heritage Society

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

12th January          The way we were – Sunderland from 1929 to the 1980’s                          Brian Ibbotson

Silksworth Heritage Group

Meetings are held at Beckwith Mews, Silksworth, on the third Monday of each month at 1.30pm (please note the new date and time) and the charge is £1, including refreshments

15th February        The Doxford family of Silksworth House                                                        Lorna Parkes

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 £2.

19th January          Rock Lodge and Peareth House                                                                      Bill Greenwell

16th February        The modern buildings of Sunderland – the good, the bad and the ugly  Michael Johnson

South Hylton Local History Society

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

18th January          Nursery rhyme time: the origins of nursery rhymes

15th February        A ‘forties weekend’ at Chatham Dockyard                                                     Paul Pearson


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

14th January       The Bishopwearmouth development area                        Jules Brown of the North of                        

                                                                                                                                                England Civic Trust

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.

21st February        The organist will be Christian Cartwright


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)


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 January        An Icelandic cruise                                                                              Ann Cooper

9th February          Limestone Landscapes                                                                     Tony Devos


At Sunderland Museum on 13th January and 10th February members of the Sunderland Branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild will demonstrate their skills.


Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre is holding a ‘Learning Day’ on Thursday 14th January from 10am to 3pm - develop your existing skills or discover hidden talents with this year's programme of family, adult and community learning.  The City Library will play host to a series of taster sessions during 'Learning Day'. Join the Family, Adult and Community Learning service and find out more about the huge range of courses available close to home at community venues across the city.  Specialist training providers will be available throughout the day to provide information and advice about the learning opportunities available to develop personal, vocational and creative skills and talents.  There's everything from first aid and food safety to construction and cake decorating to help you improve your individual employability and education, or make your free-time and leisure activities more enjoyable.


There are two forthcoming lectures in the Sunderland University Public Lecture Series and the venue for them both is the Murray Library Lecture Theatre.  The first is to be given by the broadcaster Alistair Stewart OBE and is titled ‘An independent media, under pressure from within and without’– it will take place on Tuesday January 26th at 6.30pm.  Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England will speak on ‘Why we invest public money in arts and culture’ on Wednesday 24th February, again at 6.30pm.  Tickets for the two lectures are free and can be obtained via the Sunderland University Online Store or by ringing 5153265.


Wessington U3A has produced an excellent film, 'From Washington to Wipers & Warlencourt' which is the story of forty-one residents of Washington as they re-trace the footsteps of their First World War ancestors.  It is available to buy as a DVD but can be viewed free on YouTube at


Museum Youth Forum

  Are you aged 14-24 years old?

  Are you interested in culture and heritage?

  Would you like to get involved in helping to support Museums in Sunderland?

Come along to the Museum Youth Forum and have your say.
Refreshments will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Please contact Jennie Lambert, Museum Learning Officer   email    tel: 5612323

Finally the Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference titled ‘Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation’ takes place on Saturday 23rd January at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. It is the first step in an ambitious project to engage local communities in the preservation of their industrial heritage.  For more information visit or tel: 241 4523

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