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Local History Library @ ETR

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This breathtaking Historic Building brings history to life.

The new home to Sunderland's Local History Library.

No matter your age, there’s always something to capture your imagination.

Home to local historic records that include; census returns, trade directories, maps and much more. Explore your local history at Sunderland's Local History Library @ETR.


About The Elephant Tea Room

Learn About The Elephant Tea Room

 Steeped in history and cultural significance, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this historic building.

Built between 1872-1877 by Henry Hopper and designed by Frank Caws, in its day the

Elephant Tea Rooms was once home to a business credited with controlling one of the largest retail tea, coffee and grocery trades in the North East of England.

There’s always something going on at Sunderland's Local History Library @ ETR from exhibitions to seasonal events, educational activities. Keep a look out for new activities and events.

Discover Sunderland's
Local History Library

Things to Do


Educational Activities


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Explore What’s On

There’s always something special going on at The Elephant Tea Room. We love showcasing the Historic Building with a variety of events and attractions suited for all our visitors. See our calendar of events for more information.




Special Exhibition

Guest Lecture

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