AS PART of the city’s jubilee celebrations, Sunderland Libraries Services is hosting screenings of a new film produced and curated by the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s unprecedented 70 years of reign.

Seen To Be Believed takes an affectionate look at how the people of Yorkshire and the North East have celebrated coronations, jubilees and royal visits through the decades. It draws inspiration from a famous remark made by The Queen, “I have to be seen to be believed”.

The film takes a look through the lens at street parties and pageants, bunting, banners, and flag waving and discovers what the Royal Family – The Queen in particular – means to the people of our region.

Seen To Be Believed includes fascinating footage of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, showing how they broke down barriers during visits and appearances, changing the public’s perception of the Royal Family – something that The Queen herself would build upon when she took to the throne.

Seen to be Believed - A Jubilee Film Show
Stills from Seen to be Believed

This very special footage, provided by Yorkshire and North East filmmakers, both amateur and professional, has been woven to together by a narrator, providing background information together with an insight into changing times and perceptions in our regions.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, Councillor Linda Williams, said: “Her Majesty is one of our most loved and admired monarchs and lots of people will have very fond memories of her many visits to Sunderland and the region over her 70 year reign.

“This film is sure to bring back a lot of memories for some of our residents and the screening is a great opportunity for us to come together to celebrate something that’s a once in a lifetime event.”

Seen to be Believed - A Jubilee Film Show
Stills from Seen to be Believed

Viewings are available at the Local History Library @ ETR, 64 Fawcett Street, Sunderland on the dates and times shown below.

Seats must be booked and can be arranged by contacting or telephoning 0191 561 5660.

The screenings will take place:

Monday 30th May  – 10-11am, 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Tuesday 31st May  – 11-12noon, 2-3pm

Wednesday 1st June – 10-11am, 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Saturday 4th June – 11-12noon, 12.30-1.30pm, 2-3pm

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