September / October Events in and around Sunderland (Mainly of a historical interest)

Posted on Sep 07 2015

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


Sunderland Museum

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

19th September to 29th November  Picture the Poet: high quality photographs of living poets on loan from the National Portrait Gallery

26th September to 13th December  Year of drawing: an exhibition created in partnership with Sunderland University

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 11th, 12th  and 19th September plus 30th and 31st October

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) (tel 07881106330)

5th October at 1.30pm    Alice at 150: Lewis Carroll and the invention of Wonderland    Martin Dubois

10th October at 6.30pm  I’m Jack: a novel based on the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer        Mark Blacklock

22nd October  2 to 4pm and 6.30 to 8.30pm  The East End and Garths Project: a showing of the film

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)

28th September  Worms, dragons and assorted virgins!                                       Stuart Miller

26th October      The harbour and docks of Sunderland                                        Jack Curtis

The Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS)

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

10th October      The War Artists: World War One through the eyes of the war artists.    Sharon Vincent

Hetton Local and Natural History Society

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

28th September A guided tour of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve with the Durham Wildlife Trust, starting at 3.15pm at the Visitor Centre, Rainton Meadows

26th October      Jeremiah Dixon (of the Mason-Dixon Line fame)                         David Hughes

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.

24th September  Emily Wilding Davison                                                               Sharon Vincent

22nd October      Life in the 1970’s                                                                       Phil Curtis

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.

17th September  The embroideries of Durham Cathedral                                       Maureen Martin

Ryhope Heritage Society

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

8th September    Hollywood musicals                                                                  Sharon Vincent

13th October      The bridges of the River Wear                                                    Ron Lawson

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

21st September  A film show of Roker and Seaburn presented by Sandra Arkley

South Hylton Local History Society

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

21st September  Carve their names with pride: the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission                                                                                                     Bernard Hope

19th October      A postcard journey along the old A1                                          George Nairn

Sunderland City Library & Arts Centre

10th September  10.30am Eddie Chapman – North East Double Agent                  Bernard Hope

10th September  3pm      Ales on the water: the story of brewing                          Keith Thomas

12th September  11am    The white feather: conscientious objectors in WW1         John Sadler     

12th September  1.30pm The modern buildings of Sunderland: the good, the bad and the ugly!                                                                 Michael Johnson

14th September 1.30pm The Battle of Britain – a performance by the Time Bandits

All of the above events are free but it is advisable to book by telephoning 5611235.  The Time Bandits’ Battle of Britain performance will be repeated at Washington Town Centre Library at  2pm on October 19th (tel: 5613441)

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.

15th September  Sunderland in 1966                                                                   Philip Curtis

20th October      Sunderland in the 1920s and 30s                                                Trevor Thorne

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

10th September  Ashbrooke and its development                                                 John Tumman

(Please note - this is a change from the advertised meeting. John’s talk will complement his guided walk around Ashbrooke the following morning as part of the Heritage Open Days programme)

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)

9th September    Shafts of light: the phenomenon of mining art                            Robert McManners

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.

6th September    The organist is David Redfern

18th October      The organist is Carl Heslop

Washington History Society

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

7th September    Preparation for the Washington Carnival, which takes place in Albany Park on Saturday 12th September from 10.30 to 4pm

5th October        Nostalgic views of the North                                                      John Morrell

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

8th September    The Northern saints                                                                  John McManners

13th October      The prisoners of the British: German prisoners in Britain in WW2 Bernard Hope   

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**  At Sunderland Museum on 16th September and 21st October from 1pm to 3pm (drop-in) Kath Price and her textile volunteers will give a demonstration of traditional mat making.  On 9th September and 14th October members of the Sunderland Branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild will demonstrate their skills.

** Black Cats' Stories: a touring exhibition illustrating the significance of football to the people of Sunderland through digital storytelling, photographs, sound, moving images and animation.  The exhibition will be at Sandhill View Library until 17th September, at Washington Town Centre Library from 21st September to 8th October and at Houghton Library from 12th to 22nd October.

** This year will be the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the City of Benares when 77 child evacuees lost their lives. Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade has organised a memorial service which will be held on Saturday 3rd October at 11 am at All Saints church, Fulwell. During the service tributes will be paid to all the children including the nine from Sunderland. The VLB Watch House at Roker will have a display of information on the disaster which will be open to the public on Saturday 3rd October from 1pm to 4pm and on Sunday 4th October from 12 till 4pm.

** Heritage Open Days weekend is 10th to 13th September and the Tyne and Wear events are listed at  Be sure to take advantage of the amazing opportunities on offer!

** Sunderland Illuminations take place in Roker Park from 26th September to 1st November

** Houghton Feast takes place from 2nd to 11th October  - please see


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