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Bringing History Back to Life

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Living History North East

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Sunderland Old Township History Society

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SingS: Sunderland Intergenerational Choir - Tuesdays 5.00pm
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Bringing communities and generations together to enjoy the

benefitsof singing, friendship and fun!

We meet every

Tuesday at 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Refreshments after the singing.


All Welcome


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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