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Sunderland ’73: The People’s Visual History, Julian Germain

Michael Green and family at Wembley for the 1973 FA Cup Final, from Sunderland '73: The People's Visual History

Michael Green and family at Wembley for the 1973 FA Cup Final, from Sunderland '73: The People's Visual History

  • Dates:Spring 2023
  • Status:Ongoing

A photographic heritage project with Julian Germain.

In early 2023, NEPN and Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland were awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery Players, to develop and deliver a project which brought together partners and participants from across the city to celebrate the city’s love of football and our photographic heritage.

Sunderland ’73 celebrates under-represented aspects of heritage relating to Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup run, win and jubilation on Wearside afterwards. This occasion is one of the most significant events in the history of Sunderland, reaching beyond the usual football boundaries and affecting the whole community in an outpouring of civic pride and pure joy.

Through a series of events and wider call for participation, the team have rephotographed visual material – photographs, hand-made and personalised memorabilia – that reflects upon the personal experiences and emotions of Sunderland supporters of the Cup winning era, so that those experiences may be shared with younger fans and documented for the benefit of future generations.  Oral testimonies captured by Jay Sykes Media, alongside the imagery, will create digital storytelling works.

During 2023, an evolving exhibition toured various community and public settings, at which members of the public were invited to bring along their personal or inherited materials to be rephotographed. The exhibition stand was collaboratively produced with volunteers at The Workshop, Back on the Map in the east end of the city.  Participants were also invited to participate in workshops exploring the crafting of the time such as banner-making, delivered in partnership with Stitch and Bitch Sunderland, Trophy Making and Scrapbooking.

A book, published in partnership with A Love Supreme is now available to buy HERE with free copies circulated to schools, care homes, community centres and libraries.

“Snapshot photographs as well as other creative endeavours such as home-made banners, scarves or scrapbooks seldom get published or exhibited so they very rarely get seen, but they offer a valuable and distinctive viewpoint from the more familiar images produced by the press, as well as fantastic images and objects that capture the emotions and experiences of the time. Perhaps you have a picture of yourself during that cup run, maybe at Notts County in the third round or at Hillsbrough in the semi-final against Arsenal, or maybe your family was gathered around the neighbours colour telly to watch the final? Or, it could just be you or your mum or grandad, proudly wearing a replica Sunderland shirt, or waving a banner or scarf at the victory parade?”  Julian Germain, 2023.


Visual Audio Stories: Produced by Julian Germain and Jay Sykes

Audio Stories

Freelance Audio Producer Jay Sykes was commissioned to capture participant stories of Sunderland’s FA Cup run and win.

Sobs(Paul Dobson): Crake Rattle



Ken: Torn Between Friends and Dad (not suitable for KS1/2)



Ken: Subbuteo Box of Mementos (Not suitable for KS1/2)



George: Upside-down scarf!



George: Ian Porterfield Photo



Angela’s Scarf



Angela’s Big Poster



George: Bar Graph Teaching



George: Partying with biker gang (not suitable for KS1)



Collective Stories: Poignant Ending Moments



Collective Stories: Colour TVs


Stories by Robert Carr of RGR Productions

Free Downloadable Resources

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