History

Empire and Dunn Cow
Two historic Sunderland pubs are due to be renovated – thanks to the National Lottery.The pubs – the grade-II-listed Peacock and the Dun Cow – lie in the city’s heritage-filled Minster Quarter.The renovation of the pubs is part of the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme, which is regenerating that whole...
Miners' Picnic
A community picnic and programme of entertainment in Usworth Park on Saturday 3rd August will celebrate Washington’s mining heritage.The Miners’ Picnic will mark the 45th anniversary of the closure of Usworth Colliery. The mine, which opened in 1845, had 1,785 employees at its peak in 1921.During its 129-year history,...
US flag
The idea of the Stars and Stripes flag fluttering in Washington on the Fourth of July may not sound unusual, but yesterday the Star-Spangled Banner was also flying over Washington, Wearside.Washington was the ancestral home of the first American president George Washington (1732-1799) and yesterday (4th July) the mayor...
Holy Trinity Church in the East End of Sunderland will be undergoing extensive restoration work over the next 12 months. An event to promote the conservation efforts of local community groups and trusts will be held on Saturday 6th July and aims to raise awareness of Sunderland's rich history.The Canny...
Sunderland Blue Plaque
Did you know that at least 78 blue plaques can be found in Sunderland?Blue plaques are permanent notices that commemorate influential people, landmark events or important buildings associated with a particular area.A new online map can now be accessed on Sunderland City Council’s website giving details of the blue plaques dotted...
anne frank
Two events will be taking place in Sunderland to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January).On Friday 25th January at 10.00 a.m., the mayor of Sunderland – Cllr Linda Scanlan – will open a two-day exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of Anne Frank.Anne – a young Jewish girl – wrote a famous diary...
Seaburn Tram Shelter Public Conveniences
Some historic Sunderland toilets – located beneath an old tram shelter in Seaburn – have reopened to the public following a restoration programme.The Victorian-era conveniences – which first opened in 1901 – had fallen into a state of disrepair after being closed for a number of years.Many original features...
RememberSrebrenica
Sunderland City Council will hold events today (11th July) to remember the Srebrenica genocide, which took place during the Bosnian War (1992-5).The genocide saw over 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys massacred in and around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995.The genocide will be remembered in events...
Sunderland’s Washington Old Hall celebrated American Independence Day this year by welcoming some very special guests.Representatives from Tudor Place, a historic building in the US associated with George Washington’s family, came all the way from America to mark the 4th of July at the hall.Washington Old Hall – a...
Booklaunch
Sunderland primary school children have teamed up with a professional author and illustrator to create a book celebrating Sunderland’s maritime past.The book – based on the life of Sunderland sailor Jack Crawford – is packed with fun facts and features a colourful array of characters including pressganged villains, washer...

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