Welcome to the Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Established in 1900 we are the oldest history society in Sunderland

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Welcome to the Sunderland Antiquarian Society

The Society, which was founded in 1900, is based at 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland, SR2 7DX (just up from the Civic Centre) and, by publications, research and meetings, encourages interest in the history of Sunderland and its region. The Society holds extensive archives which have been amassed and donated over the past century by the people of Sunderland and these are available to members and visitors. Membership is open to all and brings regular newsletters, published booklets, meetings and greater access to this website, the content of which is being regularly and constantly added to and improved.

The society's Heritage Centre is open to its members and the general public on Wednesday and Saturdays 9.30 - noon. 

A Virtual Tour of the Centre is available in two parts. View part one here. View part two here.


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. 

Members can log in using the above 'Log in' button. Once logged in, the archives and newsletters buttons will appear at the very top of the home page. Just click on them to access.


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"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