Wearsiders’ artefacts to be part of Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

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AIRFIX plane models, family photos and pictures of Wearside’s rich shipbuilding heritage are among the items being sought for a patriotic exhibition in Sunderland.

The Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, which is marking 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s accession, is calling on the public to share memorabilia to help create a picture of life in Sunderland throughout each decade of the Her Majesty’s reign.

The exhibition, which is being held at the Port of Sunderland, takes place between Thursday, July 19, and Sunday, July 22,

Organisers are hoping that people will share their Mackem memories of key moments across the last 60 years by loaning artefacts that will be displayed at the exhibition, to give an authentic glimpse into the city’s past.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Paul Watson, said: “Sunderland has undergone a massive transformation over the last 60 years, and we want to create an exhibition that really captures that change, and provides an enjoyable and educational look back through the decades, while celebrating the reign of a Queen who has a special place in the heart of the Sunderland residents.

“We hope that by gathering items that belong to people from the city, we can create an exhibition that really does recreate each decade of the Queen’s reign, showing people what life was like in Sunderland at the time.”

Items loaned for use as part of the exhibition will be returned when it finishes.

The event will open on Wednesday, July 18 for a special preview event, before the public exhibition kicks off the day after.

Just 6,500 tickets are being released for the exhibition.

More information about the event as well as details of how to apply for tickets will be released in the coming weeks.

Those wanting to hand in items for the exhibition can drop them off at Newcastle Building Society in Waterloo Place, where they will be given a receipt.

Items can be dropped off at the branch between now and Saturday, June 30.

Not all items will be used, but all will be stored safely and will be available for collection from the building society after the exhibition has taken place, from Saturday, July 28 onwards.

The building society opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 11.45am on Saturday.

More information about the event as well as details of how to apply for a ticket will be released over the next few weeks.

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ITEMS wanted for the exhibition include the following:

1950s and 1960s tableware including crockery and table cloths

1966 World Cup memorabilia

1960s football kits

1960s home ware

1970s Family photo’s

1980s pilots uniforms

Airfix models of planes

Photos of shipbuilding and family life in the 1970s including tools of the trade

1970s slide pictures and super8 footage of home and work life/ the closing of the ship yards.

Old heavy black boots (workman style).

Photographs loaned should be originals or preferably negatives in order to get high resolution copies for display at the exhibition.

Super 8 film should be in DVD format where possible.