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Bringing History Back to Life

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Living History North East

Sunderland Heritage Forum

Sunderland Old Township History Society

Durham Heritage Coast

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The Donnison School Heritage, Educational and Media Centre is home to Living History North East and their friends, 'The Friends of The Donnison Schoo'l. Based in the East End of Sunderland the centre supports a wide range of community, educational and heritage  events and activities and visitor attractions. Living History North East is a charity, which is supported by  The Friends of The Donnison School, providing opportunities for local people to get involved in celebrating our local heritage.  There is a programme of talks; guided walks; film and slide shows; open days; gardening projects; fetes; educational outreach projects; and a very active volunteer programme. Everyoen is welcome and encouraged to be part of it!


If you would like to support the organisation and its work, you can make a donation to the charity Living History North East.

Volunteering Opportunities

There are many ways in which people of all ages can get involved in the life of the Donnison School. Opportunities through workshops, activities, events, volunteering and friends' group occur throughout the year.

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available whether you would like to act as a guide, work on the gardens, plan events and fun days or catalogue information, administration and much more.

To find out more about volunteering for The Donnison School see our section on volunteering by clicking here.



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Upcoming Events

Sunderland In 1831

Nill Greenwell

Monday 24 September 2018

"Forward, Forward Sisters" By Margaret Atkinson

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Act of Parliament allowing women to stand for election to the House of Commons. Also the anniversary for all men and some women voting for the first time in the general election of December 1918. 6.3

Friday 26 October 2018

You click the button, we do the rest! Photographs as Historical Evidence

By Stuart Miller

Monday 29 October 2018

Your Country Needs You!

Through The Words of The War Poets: WWI Remembered a dramatic Interpretations with The Donnison Players. Wine and Cheese £10.00

Friday 09 November 2018

Stand By Your Beds! National Service Conscription

By Jack Curtis

Monday 26 November 2018

The Northern Saints

By Carol Elva Carlyon

Monday 03 December 2018

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