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Bringing History Back to Life

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Book a  group visit

 Learn about its extraordinary past through an illustrated talk.

Refreshments are available for groups on request. 

Parties of 6 or more can book a tour of the Donnison School and/or the East End.

(£5.00 per person including refreshments)




Tours of The East End

Discover some of the history of Sunderland's old township,

its characters, events and buildings

that tell the story of Sunderland's past.

A walkabout that will bring some of those intriguing characters back to life!

Refreshments afterwards at

The Donnison School Heritage Centre

The walkabout will take approximately 1.5 hours. Tours of The East End:

Heroes and Villains; Characters of the East End  

People, Places and Untold Stories!

Hear the sights and sounds of the East End,

with our costumed characters on route.

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Upcoming Events

The History of Rock Lodge 1790 - 1870 : By Bill Greenwell

Rock Lodge, built in in the eighteenth century, stood for almost two hundred years on the coast at Roker - when there was nothing else there. It was a mansion which became iconic in Sunderland, featuring on maps, in legal documents. But who lived the

Monday 26 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

The History of Rock Lodge 1870 -1970

By Bill Greenwell

Monday 25 June 2018

Tall Ships: Open Day 10.00am - 4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage.) and fresh homemade refreshments.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

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