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Please note: Photographs on this site provided by John Brantingham.

Upcoming Events

Jack Crawford: Sunderland’s Local Hero. By Stuart Miller

One of Sunderland's best known local characters. Come alond and hear this account from the Battle of Camperdown and before.

Monday 27 June 2016

The Day The German Navy came to Attack Sunderland: 18th August 1916 By Alan Owen

Using his unique research Alan uncovers this extraordinary account of WWI activity off the coast of Sunderland.

Monday 25 July 2016

Wellington’s Secret Victory By Jack Curtis

As always Jack, our local historian brings a unique flavour to this illustrated talk.

Monday 26 September 2016

Norman Kirtlan: Title To Be Confirmed

Norman is always a popular speaker with his grizzly tales.

Monday 31 October 2016

Penshaw Monument By Bernard Hope

John George Lambton (the first Earl of Durham) was a leading politician and Freemason of his day. After his untimely death Penshaw Monument in Sunderland was built in his memory. The story of Lambton’s life and the building of this well known local (

Monday 28 November 2016

Christmas at the Workhouse

t is Christmas Day in the workhouse, And the cold, bare walls are bright With garlands of green and holly, And the place is a pleasant sight; For with clean-washed hands and faces, In a long and hungry line The paupers sit at the table, For this is t

Monday 05 December 2016

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