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About The Book

Industry in Sunderland was something to shout about, even to the most recent generations. ‘Did you know that we were the biggest ship building town in the world?’ is something I’ve been asked on numerous occasions. The high turnout of ships, coal or glass, has long been a source of pride: we worked hard, we made things that the rest of the country needed, ergo they needed us. When those industries started to decline and eventually disappeared, people found themselves out of work, and that sense of pride faltered.

Sunderland Industrial Giant: Recollections of Working Life, is a social history of those industries; their stories told by the people who in many cases, were the last generation to work there.




SUNDERLAND INDUSTRIAL GIANT

RECOLLECTIONS OF WORKING LIFE

PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORY PRESS IN NOVEMBER 2017 AND AVAILABLE NOW


Publishing Details

Sunderland Industrial Giant was published in November 2017 by The History Press. It’s available to buy now from Amazon, including a Kindle version, and also from Waterstones, W H Smith, The Back Page, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and more.

If you’d like to purchase a signed copy from me, they’re £10 plus postage and packaging - send me a message using the form on the right and I’ll get back to you.

The Industries

The industries covered in the book are:


Corporation Quay then (1949) and now (2017) (Copyright Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Marie Gardiner) East End,Hendon 1955 (Copyright Sundelrand Museum and Winter Gardens) Miners leaving the cage, Wearmouth Colliery,1966 (Copyright Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens) The launch of Empire Bruce at Sir J.Laing & Sons,11th June 1941 (Copyright Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens)

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