THE LOCAL History Library @ ETR has reopened its doors once again as restrictions continue to relax and more venues welcome back visitors.

The Elephant Tea Rooms, which first opened as the Local History Library @ ETR last year, will be open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.

The Local History Library holds information on all aspects of the city’s history and heritage, including thousands of images, maps and access to historical newspapers, such as copies of the Sunderland Echo dating back to 1831.

A programme of events is lined up to start in the summer, with activities suitable for all ages such as creative sessions, dementia and reminiscence workshops and a programme to support health and wellbeing.

The library’s ground floor offers microfilm and readers, study areas and local history services, while the first floor holds an events space to deliver events and activities. Library staff with an in-depth knowledge of the collections manage the Local History Library @ETR and can support with enquiries such as helping with family trees, finding information on neighbourhoods and sourcing news articles from the past.

Cllr Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It was sad to see the city’s newest cultural offering, The Local History Library @ETR have to close its doors so soon after it first opened, so I am delighted to see it reopen and welcome more visitors.

“The Local History Library plays an important role in recording and preserving our city’s history, and it is fantastic to see that visitors will once again be able to access this fantastic venue.”

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