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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

Mary Ann Cotton Sunderland's Angel of Death

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Come along and enjoy an atmospheric night of insight and intrigue into the dastardly deeds of the most notorious female mass murderer Mary Ann Cotton, Sunderland's angel of death. Listen to the sad tale of her life and time

Friday 23 February 2018

Beer Street and Gin Lane

1.00pm Historian Stuart Miller will expound William Hogarth's Beer Street and Gin Lane illustrations of 1751, depicting negligence, poverty and dea

Monday 26 February 2018

International Women's Day Reflections and Light. 1.30pm

International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women across the world. Often the most influential women in our lives are those nearest to us. Come along and share the impact made by women on your life and create a remembrance tea light

Thursday 08 March 2018

Amy Robsart's little trip

On the 8 September 1560 Amy Robsart the first wife of Robert Dudley was found dead at the foot of a staircase with a broken neck. Did she fall by accident or suicide or was she pushed?By Stuart Miller

Monday 30 April 2018

A trip down The River Wear from Wear Head to Roker Pier

By George Nairn

Monday 21 May 2018

OPEN DAY: Sunderland History Fair

Saturday 2nd June 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunderland Heritage Forum's History Fair, which brings together all aspects of local and regional heritage at The Quayside Exchange this year. The Donnison will be open for refreshments and a tour around our Geo

Saturday 02 June 2018

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