Sunderland Antiquarian Society

The society, which was founded in 1900, has its heritage centre at 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland, SR2 7DX and, by publications, research and illustrated talks, encourages interest in the history of Sunderland and its environs. 

We hold extensive archives of the city which have been amassed and donated since 1900 and all are readily available for members and visitors to view.


The society’s Heritage Centre in Douro Terrace contains nine rooms packed with the archives of the city. We are in a continuous programme of uploading articles, photographs and newsletters (packed with stories of the old Town) onto the Members Only Area of this site.

Membership is open to all and brings regular newsletters, published booklets, meetings and access to our online collections.

Become a member

A virtual Tour of the Centre


Click here to watch part two

“The Present is every moment being changed into the Past…the persons, places, circumstance and general conditions of things which are contemporaneous will become matters of antiquity in the generations to follow.”

Thomas Randall, Society President 1900

Our collections

Our collections can be viewed by Members and visitors on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 9.30-noon.

The Society now publishes articles and photographs for its members on the Members Only area of this website. If you would like to become a member, click here.

The heritage centre