Holy Trinity, Sunderland

Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Holy Trinity was Sunderland's first parish church and played a major part in the development of the town, housing the Town Hall and Magistrate's Court, Sunderland's first public library and even the town's fire engine.

A combination of wartime bombing and well-meaning planners have left it one of few surviving buildings of Old Sunderland, and cut off from the city centre by a busy road. The city's Georgian heritage is all but forgotten.

The Canny Space project will reconnect the city with its past by transforming Holy Trinity into a cultural venue that brings the heritage of the church and Old Sunderland to life through storytelling, interpretation, innovative events and performances. Through our work with a diverse group of partners that include the local authority, The Cultural Spring and Time & Tide events we are creating a space that will contribute to the city's vibrant - and growing - arts and culture sector.

We made good progress with fundraising in support of our Round Two Heritage Lottery Fund bid which was submitted in December 2017.