The Buildings of Sunderland
Wednesday 24 April 2019
Lecturer: Dr Michael Johnson
From its origins as an early monastic settlement to its industrial achievement as the 'largest shipbuilding town in the world', Sunderland has amassed a surprisingly rich architectural heritage.
This lecture examined the architecture of Sunderland by analysing a selection of its most notable structures, ranging from the Saxon church of St Peter, heavily restored by R.J. Johnson, to the controversial Civic Centre and the modern Stadium of Light.
Architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson of Northumbria University guided us on a virtual tour of the city's finest historic buildings and modern architectural statements. The churches, theatres, pubs and cinemas of Sunderland's industrial heyday were examined alongside the innovative buildings of the 21st Century.