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

Posted on Jun 15 2016


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

Sunderland Museum

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

23rd April to 26th June                 International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition

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

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

13th June to 10th July                        75 years of the Air Cadets: an illustrated exhibition showing the story of the Air Cadets from 1941 to the present day focussing on 2214 (USWORTH) Squadron.

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum will be open from 11am to 3pm on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July


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)

27th June           Jack Crawford: Sunderland’s local hero                                      Stuart Miller

The Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS)

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

9th July              Growing up in Occupied Holland                                                            Liesbeth Langford

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 June           Members’ updates on Hendon’s history and current news

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

27th June           Victorian pit wives                                                                     Margaret Hedley

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.

23rd June           An evening visit to Houghton Hillside Cemetery – anyone intending to come please contact Brenda Graham by telephone 5841943 or by e-mail

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.

23rd June           Beowulf                                                                                                John Sadler

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

20th June           Music and chat                                                              John and William Blyth 

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.

21st June           Eddie Chapman – North East double agent                                Bernard Hope

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.

19th June           The organist will be Andrew Nix

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


*  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 22nd June from 1pm to 3pm (drop-in) Kath Price and her textile volunteers will give a demonstration of traditional mat making. 

*  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. On 29th June Dr Chris Newman’s subject is ‘Who owns the moon? Space law and the final frontier’.

* The Hetton Smithy will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 2nd July  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

.*  From 13th May to 25th June at Arts Centre Washington there will be an exhibition of photographs by fourteen year old Lilly Thompson.  ‘School Days’ is inspired by the buildings of St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, Sunderland, some of which have been demolished and re-built.

*  At 11 o’clock on Thursday 16th June there will be a memorial service in Mowbray Park to remember the children who died in the Victoria Hall disaster on 16th June 1883. Flowers will be laid in the memorial and the children’s names will be read out. The event will be attended by local schoolchildren

*  At 11.30 on Thursday 30th June Martin Routledge will speak about the early history of fire fighting in Sunderland - the event will take place at The Canny Space, Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East – please contact Amanda Gerry 07881106330 to book a place

*  At 2pm on Thursday 30th June Dawn Lancaster will speak on ‘ Keeping up with the Joneses in the eighteenth century’ – again the event will take place at The Canny Space, Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East – please contact Amanda Gerry 07881106330 to book a place

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