Wearside Echoes: Stepping back in time with history extravaganza

WATER WORKS: The workmen who built Ryhope Pumping Station.

WATER WORKS: The workmen who built Ryhope Pumping Station.

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WEARSIDERS are being urged to take a step back in time and celebrate the history on their doorstep.

The annual Heritage Opens Days (HODs) weekend, which runs from September 6-9, will see castles, churches, schools, theatres and historic railways throw open their doors to visitors.

Talks, displays and clippy mat classes are also planned, while tours of Darwin Brewey, the Quaker Meeting House, Hetton Smithy and Liebherr are among the new activities on offer.

John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “HODs has become an established event within our city, and its popularity continues to grow year on year.

“With more than 50 diverse events and activities taking place in Sunderland alone, HODS provides an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience heritage at its best.”

It is a decade since the national HODs scheme was launched in Tyne and Wear. Just 84 activities took place across the North East back in 2002 – attracting around 19,500 visitors.

The popularity of HODS has, however, exploded. Last year more than 200 open days were held across Sunderland, Newcastle and South Tyneside – welcoming 52,700 visitors.

“This made it the biggest, and one of the best, regionally organised HODs events in England!” said a spokesman.

“And this year the Tyne and Wear event is bigger and better than ever before, with a diverse range of 218 buildings and activities taking part in the weekend.

“So why not explore the architecture, history and culture on your doorstep, and be part of this great event?”

Highlights of the 2012 HODs event in Sunderland include the chance to learn more about historic local beers, and even taste them, courtesy of Southwick-based Darwin Brewery.

Tours of Hetton Smithy, which boasts a 200-year-old history, as well as Liebherr – built on the site of Laing’s shipyard and now the city’s last heavy engineering firm – are also on offer.

And a chance to take a peak at the Mayor’s Parlour in the Civic Centre, enjoy a guided walk of Barnes Park or step back in time at the Quaker Meeting House in Roker are available too.

Dozens of local historians and societies have been working behind the scenes with Sunderland Council to ensure the success of this year’s HODs event, and Coun Kelly added:

“We must all give special thanks to all the volunteers and organisers for the invaluable contribution of their time, effort and enthusiasm, which help to make the Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days event one of the largest and best in England.”

** To find out more about Hods events in Sunderland and across the North East log on to www.twhods.org.uk


Sidebar: HODs highlights

Friday:

** Liebherr Sunderland Works Ltd, Ayre’s Quay. Guided tour of engineering site. 10am.

** Tour of Mayor’s Parlour, Sunderland Civic Centre. From 1.30pm.

** Hylton Castle, Craigavon Road. Explore the 14th century building. Open 10am-2pm.

** Reclamation to Regeneration: Guided walk. Meet outside Exchange Building at 2pm.

** St Nicholas Church, Silksworth Lane. Grade II-listed building. Open 2-4pm.

** Emmanuel Free Church, Hudson Road. Formerly the German Church. Open 11am-4pm.

** St Ignatius The Martyr, Suffolk Street. Victorian parish church. Open 12noon-4pm.

** Architectural Treasures of Sunderland, City Library. Talk by Dr Michael Johnson. 11am.

** Hetton Centre Library, Welfare Road. Exhibition of archive photos. Open 9.30am-5pm.

** Good Grub Cafe, Houghton. Traditional dishes and old photos. Open 9am-3.30pm.

** St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Houghton. Open 11am-3pm.

** Monkwearmouth Local History Group Walk. Starting opposite Wolsey pub at 2pm.

** St Peter’s Church – Chalk In and Exhibition. Open 10am-2.30pm.

** Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House, Roker. Ship history. Open 11am-4pm.

** Shiney Row Library, Chester Road. History display and activities. Open 10am-12noon.

** Photographic Display, Southwick Library. Open 9am-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm.

** Ashbrooke: The Development of a Victorian Suburb, City Library. Talk at 2pm.

** Darwin Brewery, 1 West Quay Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park. Tours at 3pm and 4pm.

** Elba Park Heritage Walk. Meet at Elba Park Banner, Chester Road, at 11am.

** Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East. Grade I-listed building. Open 10am-3pm.

** Recreating Historic Beers. Sciences Complex, Sunderland University. Talk from 5pm.

** Sunderland Empire Theatre Tour. Book at: sunderlandboxoffice@theambassadors.co.uk

** Sunderland High School Tour. Meet at Langham Tower from 10am and 2pm.

** Sunderland Minster, High Street West. Building open from 9am-3pm.

** Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Historical tour and talk. 10am and 1pm.

** Sunderland Quakers Meeting House, 30 Roker Park Road. Open 1-4pm.

** Donnison School, Church Walk. Grade II-listed 18th century building. Open 10am-4pm.

** Bowes Railway, Springwell. Designed by George Stephenson. Open 10am-4pm.

Saturday:

** Hetton Smithy, Bog Row. Built in early 1800s. Also talk on old Hetton. Open 2-4pm.

** Mountain Daisy, Hylton Road. Archive display of photos and informal talks. 1-4pm.

** Vintage Bus Tour. Book at: learning@sunderlandmuseum.org.uk

** Donnison School, Church Walk. Grade II-listed 18th century building. Open 10am-4pm.

** Houghton Methodist Church, Mautland Street. Heritage exhibition. 9.30am-12.30pm.

** Houghton Heritage Walk. From 2.30pm. Book via: www.houghtonlespring.org.uk

** St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Wilson Street. Antique vestment display. Open 10am-6pm.

** St Nicholas Church, Silksworth Lane. Grade II-listed building. Open 10am-4pm.

** South Hylton Tansy Centre, Church Street. Vintage photo display. Open 10am-12noon.

** Liebherr Sunderland Works Ltd, Ayre’s Quay. Guided tour of engineering site. 10am.

** St Ignatius The Martyr, Suffolk Street. Victorian parish church. Open 10am-5pm.

** Hetton Centre Library, Welfare Road. Exhibition of archive photos. Open 9.am-12noon.

** Good Grub Cafe, Houghton. Traditional dishes and old photos. Open 9am-3.30pm.

** St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Houghton. Open 10am-3pm.

** St Peter’s Church – Chalk In and Exhibition. Open 10.30am-3pm.

** Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House, Roker. Ship history. Open 11am-4pm.

** Ryhope Engines Museum Steaming Weekend. Open 11am-4pm.

** Shiney Row Library, Chester Road. Local history display and activities. Open 10-11am.

** Photographic Display, Southwick Library. Open 9am-12noon.

** Baron Henry Hylton: Was He Really Mad? Talk at Sunderland North Family Zone at 2pm.

** Codex Amiatinus Handling Session, City Library. View the bible replica. 10.30-11.30am.

** Darwin Brewery, 1 West Quay Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park. Tours: 2, 3, 4 and 5pm.

** From Pit Heap to Premier Park. Talk at Herrington Country Park . 10am-12noon.

** Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East. Grade I-listed building. Open 10am-3pm.

** Hylton Castle, Craigavon Road. Explore the 14th century building. Open 10am-2pm.

** St George’s United Reformed Church, Belvedere Road. Open 10am-6pm.

** Stockton Road United Reformed Church, West Park Centre. Open 11am-4pm.

** Sunderland Minster, High Street West. Building open from 9am-3pm.

** Sunderland Quakers Meeting House, 30 Roker Park Road. Open 1-4pm.

** Bowes Railway, Springwell. Designed by George Stephenson. Open 10am-4pm.

** North East Aircraft Museum – opposite Nissan. Static aircraft displays. Open 10am-5pm.

** Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum, Albany Way. Open 11am-1.30pm and 2-5pm.

Sunday:

** Roker Park Fun Day. Circus skills, history display, Narnia Picnic. Open 2-4pm.

** St Ignatius The Martyr, Suffolk Street. Victorian parish church. Open 12noon to 2pm.

** St Peter’s Church – Chalk In and Exhibition. Open 12.30-2pm.

** Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House, Roker. Ship history. Open 11am-4pm.

** Ryhope Engines Museum Steaming Weekend. Open 11am-4pm.

** Darwin Brewery, 1 West Quay Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park. Tours: 2, 3 and 4pm.

** Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East. Grade I-listed building. Open 10am-2.30pm.

** Sunderland Minster, High Street West. Building open from 10am-2pm.

** Sunderland Quakers Meeting House, 30 Roker Park Road. Open 1-4pm.

** Donnison School, Church Walk. Grade II-listed 18th century building. Open 10am-3pm.

** Bowes Railway, Springwell. Designed by George Stephenson. Open 10am-4pm.

** North East Aircraft Museum – opposite Nissan. Static aircraft displays. Open 10am-5pm.

** Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum, Albany Way. Open 2-5pm.