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History

Letter Unearthed After 125 Years from a Boy Who Asks Not to Be Forgotten
A deeply moving letter, written by an orphanage choirboy and hastily stuffed down the side of a church pew 125 years ago, has been found by workmen restoring the building. Addressed simply to ‘Dear friend’, the letter was written on 11 August 1897 by 13-year-old William Elliott, on the back...
World War I Exhibition's Popularity Leads To Its Extension
The popularity of an exhibition which captures a unique piece of North East history is to extend its run at a Sunderland museum. The collection of wartime memorabilia and postcards which were rescued from a skip by staff at Sunderland’s Thompson Waste Centre went on show for the first time...
A Unique War Find Goes On Display At A Sunderland Museum
A unique piece of World War I history – which was almost lost forever – has gone on display for the first time this week at a Sunderland museum. An old suitcase was rescued from a skip following a house clearance by eagle-eyed staff at the city’s Thompson Waste Centre. But...
A New Scholarship To Give A Helping Hand To Sunderland Students
In 1963 at the age of two David Archer had a unique view of Sunderland – living in the city’s only penthouse. David’s parents met and taught at the University of Sunderland from the 1950s onwards, and his dad was warden of Wearmouth Hall student accommodation which was at the...
Council Joins Global Communities To Commemorate The Bosnian Genocide in Srebrenica
Sunderland City Council will join communities across the world in the annual, international commemoration of the Bosnian Genocide in Srebrenica. ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ week commences on Monday 5 July and marks the 26th anniversary of the Bosnian Genocide; the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. It will end...
Grant Awarded To Help Preserve Historic Buildings
The Jane Gibson Almshouses Trust has been awarded a grant of £103k to repair and improve the look of its historic building beside Sunderland Minster. Funding for the work is being provided by the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sunderland City Council. The Trust...
One-hundred-and-twenty-year-old bottles of beer have helped provide insights into the make-up of ancient ales. Research from Brewlab and the University of Sunderland has retrieved live brewing yeasts from century-old bottles of beer to provide detailed information on the microbiology of lost Victorian and Edwardian stock ales. Three bottles were retrieved by...
The debate surrounding the death penalty was pushed into the spotlight in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency when he carried out more federal executions than any other president in almost 200 years. Now, a new book by North East academics delves back into the history of public executions...
Sunderland's Landmarks To Light Up In Honour Of Captain Sir Tom Moore
Landmarks across Sunderland will be lit up tonight in honour of national hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death with Covid-19 yesterday. Captain Sir Tom set out in April to raise £1,000 for health service charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday and went...
English place names were invented by J.R.R. Tolkein for use in bedtime stories for his children, or so I was taught in history class at school. It turns out that I had, in fact, slept through school and dreamed most of my education. The study of place names is...

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