Made in Sunderland – exhibition on how city helped shape the world

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INNOVATORS and inventors from are being celebrated at a museum.

Made In Sunderland at Monkwearmouth Station Museum tells the stories of some of the city’s most influential individuals and companies who have “helped shape and make the world in which we live”.

Among those featured are Dr William Reid Clanny, who invented the Clanny safety lamp in 1813, and Joseph Swan, recognised as the inventor of the incandescent light bulb.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of events themed around innovation and discovery at the museum, the first of which, Station Backpacks, runs throughout half-term holiday from Saturday, May 25, until Sunday, June 2.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “It is great to see a celebration of the positive impact of Sunderland and its people on the world, not only in the past but continuing into the future too.

“The story is brought right up to date with the inclusion of Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd, which has been the UK’s largest car producer for the last 13 years, and also one of Europe’s most productive automotive plants. The Sunderland facility is a centre of excellence for engine disk manufacturing including aero, marine and industrial Trent and EJ200 engines and, most recently, the establishment of Sunderland Software City which has been created to nurture the innovative digital companies of the future.”

For more information on events at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, call the learning team on 553 2323 or email