Monkwearmouth Station Museum to restore pair of industrial railway carriages in boost for Sunderland

By Culture24 Staff | 06 August 2010
A photo of a tall stone building surrounded by people

Monkwearmouth Station Museum (above) was once the largest goods yard on Wearside

The earliest surviving covered carriage truck in England, used to carry everything from cars to parcels and circus animals after being built at the start of the Second World War, and a 95-year-old North-East coal train will be salvaged with a £92,000 grant.

Sunderland's 19th century Grade II-listed Monkwearmouth Station Museum, which was once the largest goods yard on Wearside, has persuaded the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the restoration project, housing the pair of carriages in a purpose built building.

The scheme will allow the public to see the pair for the first time since 2005, as well as providing learning resources, events and activities and a blog.

"These carriages and the museum give us a great insight into the North-East's rich travel and transport history," said HLF North-East's Ivor Crowther.

"This project will open up the museum so that many more people can appreciate and learn about this aspect of their heritage."

Denny Wilson, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, said the agreement vindicated the authority's plans.

"Our industrial heritage is an asset that needs to be understood by today’s young people," he pointed out.

"The development of sites such as Monkwearmouth Station Museum is part of our strategy to make Sunderland a really attractive place to live, work and learn."

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