Celebrate 60 years of caring for Washington Old Hall

collage of objects and people at wahington old hall

The National Trust owes a lot to a man called Fred Hill.

In the 1930s he saved Washington Old Hall from demolition. A local school headmaster, Fred formed a preservation committee that went on to buy and restore the Hall. 

It was entrusted to the National Trust in 1956 and now, we’re celebrating 60 years of caring for this hidden gem tucked away in Tyne and Wear.

Thank you Fred and to everyone who has visited, supported or even bought a cuppa, every penny helps us to look after this special place.

Fred Hill 1937
Fred Hill with a group of school boys looking at a derelict Washington Old Hall
Fred Hill 1937

To celebrate there's lots to get involved with:

Join the digital archive, 2 / 3 September, 12 - 4pm

Do you have any pictures or memories of Washington Old Hall? Would you like to include them in a digital archive? Come along to one of our drop in sessions with a picture, object or memory and we will include them in our permanent archive.

Writing workshops, 4 September, 10.30am - 12pm / 1 - 2.30pm

Writer in residence, Anne Curtis will be holding workshops for children and adults at the Old Hall and local libraries. Anne will use images, artifacts and stories from the Old Hall along with Fred Hill's very own story book 'Local Stories of Fact, Folklore and Fiction' to inspire creative ideas for stories.

Writing competition, Closing date 2 October

Put pen to paper and create your very own story about Washington OId Hall. Perhaps you know part of the history or have heard of someone who lived in the Old Hall? Maybe you would prefer to create your own characters and events? There will be four winners and four runners who will have their stories included in a permanent archive. There are four categories for ages 8-12, 13-17, 18-25, 26+ and we ask that entries are no longer than 1000 words.

E-mail submissions to: carole.chipchase@sunderland.gov.uk / washington.oldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Channel your inner creativity and let it run wild
A child writing on paper
Channel your inner creativity and let it run wild