When I told my office mate that I was heading off for a week's holiday in Sunderland, her response was, 'I've heard it all now.' Although it might never catch on as a destination to rival Tenerife or Majorca, I can thoroughly recommend it.
I had a long overdue visit to the Sunderland Museum. Huge thanks to Shauna Gregg, the museum's Keeper, and Christopher McHugh, a resident PhD student, for taking the time to show us around. Christopher has done some interesting work in response to items in the museum collection. To see more photos, click here. In case you haven't been there yet, I've included some photos of the displays below. I've also added a few photos to other pages of plaques from the reserve collection.
We also managed to view a couple of superb private collections (again, huge thanks to the collectors for their time), and to cram in a last visit to Ian Sharp's shop in Tynemouth. Ian is moving after many years, so is currently having a relocation sale of furniture. He will continue to deal through his website. I'll finish with two Tyneside plaques with local views, courtesy of Ian. The first shows a view of All Saints Church, Newcastle. The second is attributed to Fell, and shows the High Level Bridge.
Stephen Smith lives in London, and is always happy to hear from other collectors. If you have an interesting collection of plaques, and are based in the UK, he will photograph them for you. Free advice given regarding selling and dispersal of a collection, or to those wishing to start one. Just get in touch...
This website is indebted to collectors, dealers and enthusiasts who have shared their knowledge or photos. In particular: Ian Holmes, Stephen Duckworth, Dick Henrywood, Norman Lowe, Keith Lovell, Donald H Ryan, Harold Crowder, Jack and Joyce Cockerill, Myrna Schkolne, Elinor Penna, Ian Sharp, Shauna Gregg at the Sunderland Museum, Keith Bell, Martyn Edgell, and Liz Denton.