University of Sunderland to present 350 million year History of the Wear

An exciting series of free lectures at the University of Sunderland this summer will celebrate the River Wear and its impact on the city.

The lectures will range over topics such as the river’s 350 million years of geological history, the thousands of ancient artefacts discovered in its depths, postcards showing images of bygone days all along the river’s course, and a life spent working on Sunderland’s docks.

The lectures come at an important time for Sunderland and its river. 2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the city’s port by the River Wear Commissioners. In addition, Sunderland is about to build a new bridge across its river and is due to welcome the tall ships race in 2018.

More details about the lectures – laid on by the Worker’s Educational Association, Wearside University of the Third Age, Sunderland Heritage Forum and the University of Sunderland is available here:

All the lectures will be held in the Tom Cowrie Lecture Theatre, Prospect Building, St Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland.

The lectures are free and open to everyone, and there is no need to book.