Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade


Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade was founded in March 1877 to help save life from shipwreck using rocket apparatus and breeches buoy. Today the Brigade runs a coastal Search and Rescue Service and a Coastwatch. The SVLB Watch House Museum celebrates the history of the Brigade and its place in Sunderland's maritime heritage. Displays include stories of rescues, ship's figureheads, model ships and rescue equipment. There are a variety of children's activities and hot and cold drinks are available.

Opening times: Sundays 12 to 4pm (closes during winter months). Please see website for additional opening information, including Bank Holidays, and for special events

Entry price: Free

  • ships
  • doing things as a family
  • stories

Visitor Information

  • The Watch House, Pier View, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 OPR
  • 0191 267 2579
  • Website