New National Glass Centre installation celebrates 300 years of Port of Sunderland

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A new installation at National Glass Centre marks the waves of change at Port of Sunderland over the years.

Sunderland City Council has worked in partnership with National Glass Centre to install an interactive display, to catalogue the history of the port as it nears its 300-year anniversary in 2017.

Visitors can find out about some of the historic features of the port, with a map that captures the key sites.

The interactive display contains photographs of the vessels that have visited the port as well as a timeline of the major developments over the past three centuries.

Ian Smithwhite, built heritage officer at Sunderland City Council, was part of the team that pulled together historical documents to help showcase how the port has transformed.

He said: “The port has always played a crucial role in the success of our city.

“We’re delighted that we have a display like this that can really showcase how proud we are of our heritage to those who visit Sunderland.”

The port, council and National Glass Centre created the display after the centre noticed a large number of visitors asking about ships docked in the port, which sits opposite the centre.

Neil Mearns, from Port of Sunderland, said: “This year we played host to our first cruise ship in 15 years, and it’s already looking like more will arrive next year.

“Then we have The Tall Ships Races to look forward to in 2018.

“There’s still a lot of change on the horizon but we will never forget all the hard work that has gone into making Port of Sunderland a success.”