Roker Lighthouse shines a light on Local History Month

18.04.17 14:45

Roker Pier and Lighthouse features as the cover image on this year’s Local History Month booklet, highlighting events taking place in and around Sunderland.

Organised by the Sunderland Heritage Forum and Sunderland City Council, Local History Month takes place each May and celebrates the history of Sunderland through a programme of talks, walks and exhibitions. You can download the booklet here.

With 2017 marking the 300th anniversary of the River Wear Commissioners, we've highlighted the events that may be of interest to fans of Roker Pier & Lighthouse.

Every Wednesday & Saturday in May 9.30am - 12noon
Archives of the River Wear Commissioners
Sunderland Antiquarian Society, 6 Douro Terrace, Sunderland SR2 7DX
All members and visitors are welcome to inspect the archives, library and collections. A display of photographs and artefacts relating to the River Wear Commissioners will be available to view.
No booking required.
Telephone 0191 435 5219

Monday 8 May, 10- 12noon and Monday 22 May, 10-12noon
River Wear Commissioners 300th anniversary archive handling session
Pottery Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP
A chance to handle and explore some of the River Wear Commissioners most important historical documents, including plans and photographs showing the development of the River Wear over the past 300 years. The session will be delivered by Alan Hayward, archivist from Tyne & Wear Archive Service.
To book a free place contact Janet Robinson on 0191 561 8413 or email

Wednesday 24 May, 2.30pm
The Restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse 
Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, University of Sunderland, Prospectus Building, St. Peters Way, Sunderland SR6 0DD
Built between 1885 and 1903, Roker Pier and Lighthouse represented a ‘triumph of engineering’. In 2012 extensive restoration of the pier, tunnel and lighthouse began.
Come and find out more at this illustrated talk by Matt Storey.  
Free and open to all. Easy access and pay parking available. 

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