Hylton Castle seeking the female perspective

Written by on 6th March 2018

The female generations of a Sunderland are being invited to share their memories for a local history project as part of International Women’s Day (8 March) this Thursday. 

The ‘Memories of Hylton Castle’ history project is asking local people who grew up around this historic landmark to share their photographs and their recollections to help create a cultural history record of life in their community.

It’s all part of the Sunderland City Council and Heritage Lottery Fund backed restoration  project to return the 14th Century buildings and grounds back to the centre of community life.

As way of encouragement for people to come forward and perhaps share their memories on tape or on camera, the woman of the community are invited to bring along their female friends, family and neighbours for refreshments and a chat at three venues on Thursday (8 March);

  • St Bede’s Community Association, Town End Farm 9am – 10am.
  • Bunny Hill Customer Service Centre 1pm-3pm
  • Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 3.30pm – 5pm

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “This project isn’t just about the historic buildings and grounds of a 14th century castle, it’s about the generations of people who have grown up in the communities and houses built alongside it over the years as Sunderland continued to grow.

“This cultural history project will help uncover us more about the social history of the area, and collecting stories on International Women’s Day will help us focus attention to the massive role women have, and will always have to play at their centre of their families and local neighbourhoods.

” The ‘Memories of Hylton Castle’ oral history project aims to uncover and preserve elements of the castle and its surrounding estates’ forgotten history for generations to come.”

Councillor Kelly added: “Please come along and share your stories with us, your family photographs and interviews might appear on the project website or on the interpretation boards going up on at the castle when it re-opens.

” Anyone with a story or memory relating to the castle, the dene and its surrounding estates please join our Hylton Castle project team for tea, coffee and cake on Thursday.”


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