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The Lost and Forgotten Cemeteries of Sunderland: A Guide

A Cemetery is a place where we bury and remember our dead. We often take their presence for granted given we can always identify headstones and graves, and often associate…

Tracking A History: What ever happened to Sunderland’s Tram Network?

We’ve all seen the old photos before, they bring deep memories of nostalgia and perhaps symbolic of a more glorious past. So it goes without saying that the public are…

What Was Sunderland Like in the Middle Ages? Here’s What We Know

The Middle Ages is a period which attracts a lot of public interest and imagination. We often romanticize it with imagery of knights in shining armour, castles and fancy design,…

The Grizzly Tale of the Sunderland Cholera Epidemic

It’s 2021 and we’re still battling the covid-19 pandemic. As we get vaccinated and try to keep ourselves safe, the experience of living through covid may harbour historical interest in…

Remembering the Victoria Hall Disaster: A Sunderland Tragedy

At the end of the 19th century, a tragedy occurred within the town of Sunderland which was amongst one of the worst ever seen in Britain, one with lasting significance.…

The Legend of “Spottee’s Cave” in Roker, Where did it come from? And What’s Inside it?

At the end of Roker Beach, underneath a Cliff Gorge heading into the park of the same name, there’s a conspicuous door in the cliffside with shutters on it surrounded…