About the Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Sunderland Antiquarian Society was founded on 21st November 1899 and held its first meeting on 1st February 1900.

Since then it has continued to serve the cause of local history in and around Sunderland and remains the only society of its kind which is devoted to the history of our entire local community.

The Society's vast collection of documents, books, newspapers, photographs and maps relating to Sunderland are housed at 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland, SR2 7DX  (just up from Civic Centre)

The Society's aims are to communicate information regarding Sunderland's past and to preserve items of modern everyday life as a future archive for later researchers.

The Society holds talks from September to June in the MAIN HALL at Thornhill School. These talks are held on the third Tuesday of each month.  A full programme of the talks is published during the summer recess. See the WHAT'S ON page for further details.

The archives also open every Wednesday and Saturday morning  for research purposes (9.30 - 12noon).

The Society publishes free to members a regular newsletter which contains articles on various aspects of the local history of the city. Over the years the society has acquired a vast collection of books, documents, maps, photographs and other sources of Sunderland's local history. These may be looked at during our research mornings.

If you have any queries at all about membership or information from the archives our secretary will be only too pleased to assist. - Contact Philip Curtis email: P11cur@sky.com

  Tel: 07931842745

Membership is open to all and if you wish to join the Sunderland Antiquarian Society the subscription for one year is £20 (individual) or £25 for husband/wife or two people at the same address. Visitors to the archives/talks must pay a cover charge of £1.  On joining, the latest newsletter will be forwarded to you. You may join on-line by going to the MEMBERSHIP page.  Alternatively you can send your subscription to Linda King, 3 Woodside, Sunderland, SR2 7ET email: sunderlandantiquarians@yahoo.co.uk  If paying by cheque please make cheque payable to Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

 Members have exclusive access to the Members Area  of this website and we have now began to upload articles, features, photographs and our newsletters into this area. Already included are:

Sunderland Pubs              Southwick's Stately Homes         Josephs    
Sunderland Street Name Origins       John Street            Villiers Street           
History of Redby Junior School           Redby School photographs        Mackie's Corner    
Southwick  1831-1881           Strawberry Cottage         Bainbridge Holme       
Places of Worship       The Babbies           Coronation Street           Sunderland  Empire       
St.Andrew's Church      Rain's Eye Plan c.1795       Jack Crawford- Sunderland's Hero    
A Few Notes on High Street          Sunderland Co-operative Society        Rowland Burdon     
Penshaw Monument            Benedict Biscop          Bishopwearmouth Rectory    
The Athenaeum         Sunderland' first Theatre and Music Hall            A Policeman's Lot     
Lost Shops of Sunderland          Monkwearmouth Station        Roker and Seaburn Images  
East End Markets      Peggy Potts - A Smuggler in the Family?       Souter Lighthouse 
A Stroll Around Edwardian Sunderland        The First Decade of the Society            
Sunderland AFC in 1950s - photographic journey         Health in 19th Century Sunderland 
Aspects of Sunderland's Architecture 1829-1879  
Changing Face of Bonnersfield and Sheepfolds
Past Newsletters packed with articles and photographs

 Each week we will be adding new articles for Members to access so why not join now and receive your exclusive password to allow your access to the Members Only area.


President:  Mr D.W. Smith, 7 Crow Lane, Middle Herrington, Sunderland, SR3 3TE  Tel: 01915220517

Vice President: Mr. R. Lawson

Hon. Vice President:   Mrs C. Davison

Secretary/Webmaster:  Mr P. Curtis, 14 Park Parade, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 9LU Tel:07931842745 email: p11cur@sky.com

Treasurer:  Mrs Linda King, 3 Woodside, Sunderland SR2 7ET

Image Archivists:  Mr R. Lawson, Mrs B. Ludvigsen

Map Archivist:  Mr N. Kirtlan Tel:  07473373339

Donations Secretary:  Mr R. Davison, 17 Marion Street, Sunderland, SR2 8RG

Council Members: Mr. W. Hawkins, Mr. C. Metcalf. Mrs. D. Lovell, Mr R. Dobson, Mr. M. Winter, Mr. T. Thorne, Mr. Ivor Hunt, Mr. Barry Stewart, Mrs S. Donnelly