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Feb 272018

Trade and Industry Seminar

The National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 0GL

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 12th May 2018

This seminar will focus on the history of various trades, especially in the Sunderland area, and the possible sources for employee information.  We have arranged speakers on the subjects of glass manufacture, shipbuilding and coal.

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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Rod Clayburn
10:10 – 11:10 Mining Durham’s Hidden Depths: update on the collection since 2015 – Gill Parkes, Durham County Records Office
11:10 – 11:20 Comfort Break
11:20 – 12:20 Shipbuilding collections at Tyne and Wear Archives – Carolyn Ball (Tyne and Wear Archives)
12:20- 13.15 Lunch Break

13:15 – 14.15

Glassmaking in Sunderland: a short history and a glassman’s tale – Peter Wood (a glass family descendant)
14:15 – 14:25 Comfort Break
14:25 – 15:25 What’s in a name? Street names of Sunderland – Stuart Miller, Street Names in Sunderland project manager
15:25 – 15:55 Tea Break
15:55 – 16:55 Industry on Film: the records of the North East Film Archive – Graham Relton, archive manager Yorkshire Film Archive and North East Film Archive
16.55 – 17.00 Close of Seminar

Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

The seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £20.00.

The National Glass Centre is on the north bank of the River Wear at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland, a 15 minute walk from St Peter’s metro station (please contact us for help in finding a lift from this station) which is a journey time of 25 minutes from Newcastle. The E1 bus takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance. There is free parking at the venue.

We would like to ensure that any delegate with a disability can participate fully in this event. Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An accommodation listing is available here. A number of delegates and members of the organising committee will be staying Friday night at the Premier Inn Sunderland City Centre and will meet for dinner at the onsite Thyme restaurant.

Full joining instructions will be available here on or soon after the booking closing date.

What delegates said particularly impressed them about the most recent Guild seminar at Abberley on 24th February 2018:
  • Interesting talks but also plenty of breaks giving opportunity to talk to others
  • Quality and appropriateness of speakers
  • Speakers all great, subject matter experts
  • What a gem of a speaker! And he was nice and helpful afterwards
  • Subject matter opening new aspects of research
  • Lots of new ideas for research
  • Excellent lunch; Excellent refreshments
  • Kept to time and at a good pace
  • It ran to time!!! 1st seminar for me, so impressed
  • All of it!


To book on this seminar, you can use our our online form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 29th April 2018. All online bookings made by bank transfer or PayPal will receive a automatic system generated email confirmation and bookings made by cheque will be acknowledged upon receipt.  All bookings will then be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after the closing date; if you don’t then receive any of these emails please email to check that your booking has been received.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email from

¹Please note, when booking on a seminar either by post or online, the Guild’s “Distance Selling” terms and conditions.

Other events

For details of other events organised by the Guild, go to the Events Calendar.

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