Local history and heritage
The Local Studies Centre holds materials which cover the old County of Durham with particular emphasis on Sunderland: over 10,000 books, journals, maps, photographs, newspapers and local records. Current information is also collected to ensure an up-to-date stock that is relevant to all aspects of the study of Sunderland, not solely its history.
Materials held by the Local Studies Centre
Find out more about the materials held by the Local Studies Centre
Where can I find the Local Studies Library?
The Local Studies Library is situated on the first floor of the City Library and Arts Centre on Fawcett Street in the centre of Sunderland
Our special collections include photographs and prints, Mason Collection, Lindisfarne Gospels, the Codex Amiatinus and Sunderland Then and Now.
What facilities does the Local Studies Centre have?
The centre has microfilm and microfiche readers, as well as Internet access, for public use. It also has a small study area, where visitors can consult documents.
The Codex Amiatinus
A complete reproduction of this acclaimed Saxon Bible
The Lindisfarne Gospels have returned to the North East
Photographs and Prints
A collection of photographs and prints is kept in the Local Studies Centre
Local Heritage Fact Sheets
The Local Studies Centre has produced several fact sheets relating to the history of Sunderland
Venerable Bede WW1 Memorial Board
The History of the Venerable Bede WW1 Memorial Board
Their Past Your Future
Their Past Your Future was funded by the Big Lottery through the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council
Tracing your family history
Steps to tracing your family history
About Benedict Biscop
Find out more about Benedict Biscop Sunderland's patron saint
Give yourself a boost, get outside, get active and reconnect with history and nature with Sunderland City Council's heritage walks.
Request copies of birth, death and marriage certificates
For births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that occurred in Sunderland you can obtain copies of certificates
Sunderland Then and Now
The aim of this service is to make the fascinating visual resources of the Sunderland Public Libraries Local Studies Collection available to all.