Let's Talk F-Pit and Albany Park
Washington F Pit Museum is an iconic landmark that showcases a key part of Sunderland's industrial heritage and the history of the mining industry in the region. Located in Albany Park in Washington, the F-Pit Engine House and attached headgear are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are the only surviving structures of New Washington Colliery. The Engine House was presented by the National Coal Board to the people of Washington as a monument, following its closure in 1968, and it has operated as a Museum since 1976. Albany Park was formed from land reclaimed from the former colliery, its existing landscape having been influenced by the site's mining heritage with the former spoil heaps of the colliery seen in the mounds that characterize the topography of the park.
Following the recent completion of essential repair works to the F-Pit Engine House, the council is now committed to developing wider regeneration proposals for the Museum and Albany Park and has carried out some consultation.
Please note, consultation closed on Friday 11 March.
The press release below gives an overview of the main comments from the consultation. A more detailed summary of responses will follow in the near future.
Residents give thumbs up to regeneration plans for F-Pit Museum and Albany Park
Washington to receive refurbished pit wheel as part of F-Pit improvements
As part of the wider regeneration proposals Albany will soon welcome a restored pit wheel from the F Pit site which once served the Washington mine. The wheel will stand close to the position it occupied during its working life but in new landscaping, creating an attractive focal point at the heart of Albany. The press release below gives further details of the project.