The spotlight is on local history in Sunderland this month and here’s your chance to find out more.
May is the month to celebrate Sunderland’s history and the city council, along with the Sunderland Heritage Forum, is leading the way with a series of public events.
From library exhibitions to local lectures, there’s plenty for people to enjoy throughout the month.
l Get along to the Local Studies Library in Fawcett Street from now until May 31.
It is holding an exhibition which looks at Sunderland’s celebration of the 25 years since it received City Status in May 1992.
A small display featuring some original documentation and newspaper articles of the time is available to view.
For more information, contact Local Studies on (0191) 5618439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
l A year-long celebration is under way to mark the 500 years since the birth of Houghton-le-Spring rector Bernard Gilpin. A display will run throughout May in the foyer of Houghton library.
For more information contact Janet Robinson on 0191 561 8413 or email email@example.com.
l Discover the heritage of Sunderland’s East End on a guided walk this Friday.
It is called Walking with Heroes and Villains and will last around one hour.
It starts at 1pm at The Quayside Exchange and finishes at the Donnison School for refreshments. For more information, contact (0191) 5654835, email firstname.lastname@example.org or viait www.donnisonschool.org.uk.
l Events continue on Saturday, May 20, from 2pm when the 160th anniversary of Mowbray Park will be celebrated.
Free activities include arts and crafts, guided tours, drama productions, orienteering challenges, and Proms in the Park.
For more information, contact Nicol Trueman by emailing email@example.com.
l On the same day at 8.45am, a seven-mile walk is being arranged by the Wearside Field Club and non-members are welcome.
It also involves a coach trip and there is a fee of £11 for members and £13 for non-members.
For more information and to book a place contact Connie Bulmer on (0191) 5486066. Coach bookings must be made in advance of the walk.
l There’s a last chance to look round Hylton Castle on Saturday, May 20, from 10am to 3pm.
The castle will open its doors for the last time before construction work begins to transform the gatehouse into a living, working building for local people and visitors to share stories of the past.
Detailed plans of the new designs and conservation work will be available to view.
People can also find out how they can get involved and create the local history of the future by adding to a time capsule.
Young people from Castletown Primary and Castle View Academy will be performing in the morning.
For more information on performance times, parking and wet weather arrangements, visit www.hyltoncastle.org.uk. For more information, contact Elanor Johnson on 07785777866 or email Elanor.firstname.lastname@example.org.
l A talk about the area’s history will be given on Monday, May 22 from 7pm.
It is titled Buddle and Londonderry – An Unlikely Partnership and will be given at Hetton & Eppleton Community Hall, Ofﬁce Place, in Hetton-le Hole.
The talk will be given by Alan Heesom and has an entrance fee of £2 which includes refreshments.
For more information contact Alan Jackson on (0191) 5262804.
l Proggy and clippy mats come under the spotlight in another talk on May 22 to last from 1pm to 3pm.
It is titled Proggy, hooky, clippie – a woman’s tale, and will be given by Margaret Atkinson.
It is part of the Lovell Lectures and will be given at Donnison School.
Admission is £2.50, or £2 for members.
For more information, contact (0191) 5654835, email Volunteers@lhne.co.uk, or visit www.donnisonschool.org.uk.
The Sunderland Heritage Forum was established in 1997 to promote and provide access to the heritage of Sunderland.
For further information on Sunderland Heritage Forum, contact Stuart Miller on (0191) 5285339.