SOME DETAILS OF THE ARCHIVES which are held at our Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland, are listed below. These 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. Members are given a password to enable them to access this area. If you would like to become a member please go the the Membership tab where details on joining can be found. On the right hand side of this page you can get a flavour of our archives by clicking on the titles..................................
Census: 1851 for Bishopwearrnouth and Monkwearmouth; 1861 for Southwick.
Parish Registers/Bishop's Transcripts: Some printed PRs. Original Presbyterian Registers for Malings Rigg Chapel, Sunderland; and Sessions Books, etc., Fir Presbyterian Chapels now amalgamated into United Reformed Church.
Indexes: Files on various places in Sunderland area. Generally indexing is ongoing, with still much work to do.
Street/Trade/Commercial Directories: Most of the printed directories.
Wills/Probate Records: The River Wear Commissioners Transfer Deeds record much Probate detail. These are indexed but mostly cover well-to-do people. Some 18c & 19c wills are amongst the Indentures.
School Records: Some general records - e.g. Bede School journals and photos.
Maps: Extensive collection from 18c to OS maps, inc. detailed maps of port, harbour & town.
Modern Day OS Maps: Full set for North-East of England.
Hearth Tax Returns: For Sunderland.
Newspapers/periodicals: Collection covering Sunderland and area (at present being indexed). Several shipbuilding & marine journals available.
Apprentice/Freeman Records: Collection of apprenticeships documents. Protestation Oath Returns: For Sunderland.
Military Records: Some late 18c (Volunteers) documents; WW/I & WW/[I material for Sunderland area.
Title Deeds/Mortgages: Collection of property deeds and indentures from
l8c & 19c.
Tithe/Enclosure Awards: Bishopwearmouth tithe accounts.
Other Poor Law Records: Overseers Accounts and other misc. records.
Pedigree Collections: Our ‘Continuing Corder" Project is at present collecting
Sunderland Pedigrees. We accept any pedigree researches with gratitude for future generations.
Heraldic Records: Collection of North East brass rubbings and seals..
Local History Literature: Very large library for Sunderland & district. Most ‘classics' concerning the history of NBL and DUR (Archaeologia Aeliana, Surtees Society, etc). Some rare volumes and MSS - old and modern of Sunderland area.
Others: Collection of posters and bills for Co. Durham elections (I 800s); Pew Rents; Doxford Shipping Archive (photos, news books & details of ship launches & workmen); River Wear Commissioners files l900-70s; photographic collection:
material from 18c on keelmen, shipping, harbour, lighthouses, etc.; large collection of North-East Methodist material (1 8c onwards); Presbyterian church material for Sunderland; collections on football, transport, employment, laundry, law & order, shipping firms, papermaking, glassmaking, mining, bridges, politics, elections (local & national from 18c onwards), bill-headings, etc..