What a treat! A big thank you to the staff and volunteers who made our 18th Century experience a delightful afternoon.
We were served a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and pots of tea in the school room at the Donnison School which dates back to 1778.
The setting, an Old School House with an amazing history, had a lot of its original features and adorned all things oldy worldy. Our guest speaker Jack was also of remarkable age , Jacks opening line was ‘ I was born in 1931’ Jack set the scene to talk about his interest in the retail world in Sunderland over the past 150 years, thanks Jack.

We were given a history talk by Bernadette who enlightened us with the school’s history. In 1778 a schoolroom was rented for 36 girls age 7– 16 yrs from the Parish for free education, religious knowledge, sewing and knitting, this was the first establishment to accommodate girls in education.

Jumping to present day the Donnison is open to the public and offers talks, Victorians teas, day trips, knitting club and a shop. Caring Changes are happy to advertise events the Donnison are holding should anyone want to book.

Keep checking our activities timetable for further events.

And Thanks to the everyone who participated, hope you enjoyed it !