The focus will be on the past at a unique Wearside sale this weekend.
Hundreds of books documenting the history of Wearside - some quite rare - will be on offer at Sunderland Antiquarian Society on Saturday.
“We have collected thousands of volumes over the decades. This is our chance to clear a little space to keep on collecting more,” said president Douglas Smith.
“All sorts of books will be on sale; some dating back years, others more recent but documenting the past. It is a chance to buy some unique pieces of history.”
The roots of the Society date to November 15, 1899, when notice of plans to form a group were sent out from the office of George W. Bain, of 46 John Street.
It was not until February 1, 1900, however, that the first meeting was held - at the Industrial and Provident Society. The Antiquarians was launched that day.
Dr Thomas Randell was appointed as the group’s first president and its main objective then, as it is today, was to study, collect and research local history.
Dozens of volumes documenting Wearside’s heritage have since been published by members – providing invaluable tools for historians, students and genealogists.
But, although the priority is still to keep on collecting and studying pieces of local history, more room has to be created for storage - hence Saturday’s sale.
“We have spent over a century building up a library for the future historians of Sunderland. We are dedicated to preserving the past,” said Douglas.
* The book sale will be held at Sunderland Antiquarian Society, 6 Douro Terrace, from 9.30-1pm. Copies of the Society’s 2016 calendar, featuring a dozen photos of bygone Sunderland, will also be on sale at £7.50 each. Further details on the calendar are available via email at: email@example.com