Welcome to the Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Established in 1900 we are the oldest history society in Sunderland

What's On in 2021

We are delighted to confirm that he Blue Plaque, funded by the society to commemorate the birthplace of James Alfred Wight (JAMES HERRIOT) was successfully unveiled on 11th September at 22 Brandling Street, Roker by Rosemary and James, the children of James Herriot.  

Please note that the monthly illustrated talks take place in the MAIN HALL at THORNHILL SCHOOL. The venue is large and comfortable and there is ample parking there as well. The talks will continue to commence at 7.30pm and last for approx. one hour. Doors open at 7pm - all are welcome. The talks are £1 to members with a £2 cover charge for visitors.The society's talks are held on the THIRD Tuesday of each month - Sept to June (see times above). 

Following the cancellation of our September talk it was hoped that our talks could re-commence in October.  However, following advice from local city GPs (who are also society members) it is has now been decided that the evening talks will not re-commence until January.  The uncertainty that still prevails over the possible rise of Covid during the winter and the fact that our meetings are held on school premises means we must err on the side of safety for everyone.  The situation will be reviewed in the first week of January and, hopefully, we will be able to begin meeting again at Thornhill School on Jan 18th.  Updates will be placed on this site as well as our Facebook site.

A number of queries have been received about the payment of annual subscriptions that are due now, or in the near future. These can still be paid in the usual manner but if you are used to paying personally at either Douro Terrace or at the monthly talk then PLEASE do send payment to the society at 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland SR2 7DX or direct to our Treasurer, Linda King, at 3 Woodside, Sunderland, SR2 7ET

Renewal reminders are always enclosed with the relevant newsletter. If you are in any doubt as to whether your subscription is due or the method of payment in the forthcoming months then please do contact Linda King, our Treasurer by email:


The society is pleased to announce that the Heritage Centre in Douro Terrace has re-opened.  It is open on Wendesday and Saturday mornings 9.30 - noon