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Washington: Fact, Fiction and Folklore

A multi-media exhibition to celebrate Washington’s past, both real and mythical, marking 60 years as a New Town.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Washington Heritage Partnership has worked with Arts Centre Washington and Washington Old Hall to deliver this exciting new arts project, built around Washington’s multi-layered history.

Taking inspiration from the book of the same name by Fred Hill, the local historian and schoolmaster who played a key role in saving Washington Old Hall, local artists from the Sunderland Indie collective have produced a multimedia exhibition of contemporary art.

From July, the exhibition will move on to Arts Centre Washington.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Children welcome, must be accompanied by an adult.

Meeting point

Find the exhibition in the old café.


Access to the old café is via steps. An accessible route is available on request - please speak to a member of staff.

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Event summary

4 May to 2 Nov 2024
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+ 2 other dates or times

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