Our Visitor Centre consists of:


  • Historical artefacts

  • Model displays

  • Painting and photography displays

  • Maps

  • Tool display

  • Library

  • Research Area with internet access

  • Unique database of ships launched on the River Wear

  • Free wi-fi access


The library book collection is mainly about local shipbuilding, sailing and local history. We also have a large collection of documents, maps and photographs covering Sunderland's maritime history which can be used for research. The library will have tables and chairs, where visitors can have a coffee and a chat.


The visitor centre will have a brief history of wooden ship and boat building on the River Wear and a woodworking tool display. On display will be artefacts from the wreck of HMS Venerable (the ship that Jack Crawford nailed the colours to the mast of during the Battle of Camperdown). There will also be exhibitions covering 20th century shipbuilding, working conditions and workers lives.


Please contact us if you have any shipyard stories that we can record and add to our collection.


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