Welcome to the Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Established in 1900 we are the oldest history society in Sunderland


It is intended that membership will allow on-line access to a large archive of research writings on the history of Sunderland and its people, extracts of talks given, insights into the identity of the city and local areas, new sources for researching Sunderland's history, oral testimonies and reminiscences etc. In addition we intend to have our large photographic archive on-line for access to the membership. Work on this is currently on-going and, over the next few weeks, we intend to upload hundreds of images.

Our large local history library, picture library and archives which are stored at 6 Douro Terrace are available to members. . The archives are open weekly every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning 9.30a.m.- 12noon. Lectures on a variety of historical issues and topics on Sunderland and its environs are given each month by some very entertaining and informed speakers. These are held on the third Tuesday of each month in the MAIN Hall at Thornhill School 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Programme details can be found on this website (see What's On) and in the Newsletters.

The Society publishes regular Newsletters (sent out to members) to help keep members in touch, especially those living at a 'distance,' Details of members' research interests or queries are also welomed to promote the newsletter as a research organ.

Since 1900 donations to the archives by the people of Sunderland have enabled the Society to build up a huge bank of resources for local research. Work has now commenced to make these available on-line for the benefit of the membership. Articles, features, photographs and maps will be uploaded on a regular basis in the MEMBERS ONLY AREA. To access this members can log in using their own private personal password.

Membership is £20 per annum for an individual or £25 per annum for husband/wife

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Articles and photographs which can now be viewed ONLY on the MEMBERS ONLY AREA include:

  • The East End Markets and Arcade
  • Bainbridge Holme
  • Josephs
  • Strawberry Cottage
  • The King's Theatre
  • Villiers StreetThe Monkwearmouth Babbies
  • Redby Junior School
  • A Policeman's Lot
  • Coronation Street
  • Fawcett Street
  • Places of Worship
  • Mackie's Corner
  • Sunderland Pubs
  • West Sunniside
  • Sunderland Street Name
  • Sunderland Empire
  • St.Andrew's Church
  • Southwick's Stately Homes
  • John Street
  • Raine's Eye Plan of Sunderland 1795
  • Jack Crawford
  • The Sunderland Co-operative Society
  • A Few Notes on High Street
  • Rowland Burdon
  • Penshaw Monument
  • Benedict Biscop
  • Bishopwearmouth Rectory
  • The Athenaeum
  • Southwick 1831-1881
  • The Ypres Salient
  • Sunderland's first Theatre and Music Hall
  • Roker and Seaburn
  • The Lost Shops of Sunderland
  • A Stroll Around Edwardian Sunderland
  • Peggy Potts -A Smuggler in the Family?
  • The First Decade of the Society
  • Souter Lighthouse
  • Sunderland AFC in 1950s (a photographic journey)
  • Health in 19th Century Sunderland
  • Aspects of Sunderland Architecture 1829-1879
  • The Changing Face of Bonnersfield and Sheepfolds
  • Sunderland AFc Match reports 1949 to 1960 (11 seasons)
  • Past newsletters packed with articles and photos of old Sunderland

If you require information from the society's archives or assistance with research then do please contact our secretary: Philip Curtis email: p11cur@sky.com Tel: 01915101923

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN BY POST THEN PLEASE SEND YOUR CHEQUE TO Linda King, 3 Woodside, Sunderland. SR2 7ET email:


making cheque payable to The Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

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