Donnison side view

Donnison side view

Garden 1

Garden 1

Donnison school

Donnison school

Victorian school room experience can be

Victorian school room experience can be

Donnison Christmas

Donnison Christmas

Schoolroom set for Xmas

Welcome to the Donnison School Heritage Centre

The Donnison School  was originally a school for '36 poor girls' from Sunderland parish in1798; when girls were provide with a good education and suitable clothes that would help them to later secure work in the community. The school building was added to in 1827, when the headmistress' accommodation was built. This early educational provision was an investment in the welfare of working class children, made by its benefactor Elizabeth Donnison and later Elizabeth Woodcock. 


The Donnison School Heritage Centre is now a thriving Community Hub. This restored Georgian school building offers new opportunities for all ages for community engagement through an annual programme of activities, events and community outreach. The Friends of The Donnison School support and maintain this Grade II listed building. The building was restored and re-opened as a new community facility in 2007.

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Living History North East would like to share this stirring commemoration song for

Remembrance Sunday 2020.


The Birds written and scored by the gifted and talented  Arran Bell and Kate Hilton, founder members of the Intergenerational Theater  Group in Sunderland.

Performed By the SinGs Choir of The Donnison School ,Sunderland Jubilate Choir and The Northern Youth Choir.   Arrangement  by Choir Director Sam Jordan,  accompanied on piano by young musicians Drew Conley and Anna Defty.

A compilation of WWI postcards, donated by Alan Aspin.


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Donnison School                         Heritage and Education Centre
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