Garden party will reunite former Sunderland teaching students

Langham Tower has a national reputation for teacher training.

Langham Tower has a national reputation for teacher training.

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A garden party is planned to bring together former teaching students from Sunderland.

This year is the 40th anniversary since training for teaching ended at the city’s Langham Tower, and to mark the occasion the University of Sunderland’s Alumni Association and the Sunderland Old Student Teachers’ Association, are inviting anyone who studied there to return for a summer gathering.

Opening day at Langham Tower in October 1922.

Opening day at Langham Tower in October 1922.

In 2004, the university said goodbye to one of its most well-known buildings after more than 80 years, and the historic Langham Tower is now owned by Sunderland High School.

The school has agreed to open the doors on Thursday, July 16, from 2pm to 4pm.

Langham was built for William Adamson, the son of a prominent shipbuilder and shipowner, and changed hands several times after his death before becoming home to Sunderland Teacher Training College in 1922.

In 1975, the college was merged with Sunderland Polytechnic and for three years Langham remained the centre of the Faculty of Education, until further changes in 1979 saw it adapted for use as an administrative centre.

The termination of Langham Tower in 1975 as a teacher training college needs to be marked.

Colin Orr

Colin Orr, who studied at Langham between 1963 and 1965 and is also secretary of the Sunderland Old Student Teachers’ Association, said: “The termination of Langham Tower in 1975 as a teacher training college needs to be marked, and needs to be remembered because it had a high national reputation.”

Former staff and students of Langham Tower are welcome to join the garden party. Book places by emailing alumni@sunderland.ac.uk or call on 0191 515 3664.