Today we take a second look at the Williamson collection – a unique set of slides documenting the changing face of Wearside.
History enthusiast Alan Williamson snapped streets, shops, revamps and demolitions around Sunderland over a 30-year period.
Now almost 400 of his colour slide images have been uploaded to the Flickr website after being digitised by Sunderland Museum.
“Alan was determined to document changes to the town, and his photos are fascinating,” said Martin Routledge, Keeper of History.
“He was a museum volunteer for many years and, following his death, he left us his photos. We thought it was only right to share them.”
Alan, a former RAF man, started taking his snaps of Sunderland in the late 1960s and continued until around 2000.
Changes to High Street West, the building of Crowtree and the creation of The Bridges were just three of the many topics he covered.
“Among my favourites is one of Sheepfolds Goods Yard, as I have been associated with Monkwearmouth Station Museum for years,” said Martin.
“I also like the ones of High Street West, as I am fascinated by building and demolition sites, as well as the image of Kipling Street.
“It was taken in the 1970s and, although it does not seem that long ago to me, it is surprising that there were still cobbled streets.
“There are remarkably fewer cars parked in that street than you get today – and we thought the roads were busy back then!”
l The Sunderland Museum Flickr page can be accessed at: www.flickr.com/photos/137368687@N02/albums