• Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

North East Connected

Hopping Across The North East From Hub To Hub


A fictitious mouse and his friends have set up home in one of Sunderland’s most historic buildings – and children are invited to come and find them.

George the Church Mouse ‘lives’ at the Seventeen Nineteen cultural, heritage and events space, within the former Holy Trinity Parish Church in the city’s east end.

And from 15 to 18 August, youngsters taking part in a series of Crafts and Creativity sessions at the venue can follow a special trail to find him and his pals – and learn more about the city at the same time.

Using a printed trail, they can explore the 18th century building where 10 mice are waiting to be found. Each is made from a different material representing the different industries of Sunderland, past and present.

And by following the trail, children will be able to learn about key points in the city’s history over the past 300 years, from the cholera epidemic of the 1800s and two world wars, to the press gangs which scoured the city’s harbours for naval recruits, fires, which changed its landscape and some of the many celebrations held over the centuries.

Along with the trail, children will learn everything from origami and basket weaving to how to build a boat.                                                  

“They will also be able to dress up in historical fancy dress and learn some of the crafts and school yard games that children have enjoyed through the ages,” said Centre Manager, Tracey Mienie.

The sessions will take place between 10am and 2pm each day and are designed for those aged between four and 11, with families encouraged to stay throughout.

They are part of the city-wide, Wear Here for Summer programme of events which includes days at Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland Empire and a Songwriting Programme at Sunderland College.

As they are included in the Holiday Activity and Food Programme with Together for Children – which delivers social care for children on behalf of Sunderland City Council – they are free to attend for eligible families and a meal and a snack will be provided each day.

To book, visit Create Your Summer! (office.com)  and more information about Seventeen Nineteen – which is cared for by national charity, Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) – can be found at https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/1719/