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Sunderland Heritage Quarter receive grant from Lottery Fund for masonic research

Exploring Sunderland’s history: Sunderland Heritage Quarter is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Quarter’s Georgian Treasures of Sunderland project, taking place in the city’s East End, has received £10,000 to explore the story of 18th-century Freemasonry in the area and its contribution to the city. A programme of events will allow people to visit Freemasons’ Hall at Queen Street East (below) – the city’s oldest non-religious building and the world’s oldest purpose-built masonic meeting place in continuous use. There will be history surgeries and an exploration of the building’s masonic archives, which stretch back almost 300 years.