PICTURES: Buildings, ships and people from Sunderland’s past

HISTORY LOST: The only caption on this is "Pottery Buildings". No date is included. Can you help shed any further light?
HISTORY LOST: The only caption on this is "Pottery Buildings". No date is included. Can you help shed any further light?
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A TREASURE trove of vintage photos from the Echo’s archives – featuring buildings, ships and people – are the focus of today’s nostalgic look at bygone Sunderland.

 But mystery surrounds many of the glass plate images shown here, as any information once attached to them has long since disappeared. Do you hold the key to unlocking their secrets?

TALK: A talk on the Art Deco buildings of Sunderland will be given by architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson on May 16 at the City Library from 1.30pm.

TALK: A talk on the Art Deco buildings of Sunderland will be given by architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson on May 16 at the City Library from 1.30pm.

 “I am slowly, but surely, working my way through drawers and drawers of our old glass negatives,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney. “Today’s pictures all come from drawer four.

 “Each time I dip into the archives I find new treasures, but sadly very few have names, dates or places attached to them. I’d very much like to gather further information on them all.”

 Among today’s batch of mystery snaps are scenes of the river, fish quay and Pottery Buildings – all without dates or names. A name is also sought for an East End fishwife.

 Susan is seeking to identify a mystery police wireless operator too, as well as track down information on Octagon Cottage in Hendon – which was photographed by the Echo in 1944.

MINING SCENE: Unloading coal at Lambton Staiths February 1947. An exhibition celebrating the region's mining heritage, The Art of Mining, will be on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, North Bridge Street, throughout May.

MINING SCENE: Unloading coal at Lambton Staiths February 1947. An exhibition celebrating the region's mining heritage, The Art of Mining, will be on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, North Bridge Street, throughout May.

 “I’d also love to know more about a photo showing another tumble-down house, said to have once been home to Jack Crawford. When, and where, was this taken?” said Susan.

 “I want to pin down a date for the marvellous photo of the police station and magistrates’ court as well, and find out more about the police on horseback photo too.”

•Do you have information to share? Email susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk

HIGH STREET EAST:Guided  one-mile walks around the East End will be held on May 2. Meet at Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East. Donation �2. Session 1: 11am-12 noon. Session 2: 1pm-2pm.

HIGH STREET EAST:Guided one-mile walks around the East End will be held on May 2. Meet at Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East. Donation �2. Session 1: 11am-12 noon. Session 2: 1pm-2pm.

DONNISON SCHOOL:  A talk on child murderer Mary Bell will be given by historian Norman Kirtlan on May 18 at the Donnison School, Church Walk, at 1pm. Entrance �2.50.

DONNISON SCHOOL: A talk on child murderer Mary Bell will be given by historian Norman Kirtlan on May 18 at the Donnison School, Church Walk, at 1pm. Entrance �2.50.

RIVER VIEW: An exhibition featuring Sunderland's lost shipyards will be on show each Saturday and Wednesday, 10am-12noon, at Sunderland Antiquarian Society, 6 Douro Terrace, throughout May.

RIVER VIEW: An exhibition featuring Sunderland's lost shipyards will be on show each Saturday and Wednesday, 10am-12noon, at Sunderland Antiquarian Society, 6 Douro Terrace, throughout May.

PARK LIFE: The canons of Mowbray Park in June 1940. A talk on Commonwealth War Graves - Their Name Liveth Forever - will be held in the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, Sunderland University, on May 13 from 2.30pm.

PARK LIFE: The canons of Mowbray Park in June 1940. A talk on Commonwealth War Graves - Their Name Liveth Forever - will be held in the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, Sunderland University, on May 13 from 2.30pm.

ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Bede Cross in May 1938. Brenda Graham will talk about Great War casualty Stephen Ellison McCaw at Kepier Hall, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Houghton, at 6.45pm on May 28.

ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Bede Cross in May 1938. Brenda Graham will talk about Great War casualty Stephen Ellison McCaw at Kepier Hall, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Houghton, at 6.45pm on May 28.

OLD VIEW: Church Lane in  July 1941, with the Dun Cow pub to the rear. Take a walk around historic Sunderland without leaving your seat with a talk by John Tumman and Dr Michael Johnson on May 18 at the City Library from 10.30am.

OLD VIEW: Church Lane in July 1941, with the Dun Cow pub to the rear. Take a walk around historic Sunderland without leaving your seat with a talk by John Tumman and Dr Michael Johnson on May 18 at the City Library from 10.30am.

TIME PLEASE: Electric Clock in Newcastle Road  June 1937. Local historian Margaret Thynne will lead a walk around the old Barbary Coast at 1.30pm on May 7. Meet at Thomas Street, just off the Wheatseaf, Monkwearmouth.

TIME PLEASE: Electric Clock in Newcastle Road June 1937. Local historian Margaret Thynne will lead a walk around the old Barbary Coast at 1.30pm on May 7. Meet at Thomas Street, just off the Wheatseaf, Monkwearmouth.