The community has always been at the heart of the Fans Museum, whether that is viewing the collection or events at the museum or our many community outreach events. Our outreach covers care schemes, schools, hospitals, shopping centres and much more.  See our timeline below for the history of our community and outreach work

Fans Museum

2016
March 31, 2016

Micky Horswill visits the Fans Museum

Micky Horswill visited the Fans Museum today to meet the fans and sign autographs

April 3, 2016

Fans Museum visits St Peter’s Church

We were invited along to support one special church we have on our doorstep, one which is coming to a fantastic age of 1300 years young. The history that surrounds the venue is incredible, not only was it the first church in the country to have glass windows (Hartley wood),…Read More

April 9, 2016

Fans Museum At Castledene

The Fans Museum had kicked off in full swing, people came down to Castledene Shopping centre! The event was on from the 7th of April to the 9th. [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="7126,7127,7128,7129,7130,7131,7132,7133,7134,7135,7136,7137,7138,7139,7140,7141,7142,7143,7144,7145,7146,7147,7148,7149,7150,7151,7152,7153,7154,7155,7156,7157,7158,7159,7160,7161,7162,7163,7164,7165,7166,7167,7168,7169,7170,7171,7172,7173,7174,7175,7176,7177,7178,7179,7180,7181,7182,7183,7184,7185,7186,7187,7188,7189,7190,7191,7192,7193,7194,7195,7196,7197,7198"]

May 1, 2016

Fans Museum Supports Match For Margaret at Ashington

Well we are here, in the heart of Ashington where a pedigree of fantastic professional footballers have come from.  The names of Charlton, and Milburn to name a few, but we are being made very welcome from the Newcastle supporters. We are flying the flag to support a local charity…Read More

May 14, 2016

Fans Museum At The National Glass Centre

Proud to be supporting our bid for City Of Culture 2021 these events will all pay a great part to bring the awareness of our fantastic city. Please come along, there are some fantastic stalls selling bespoke pieces of work, as well as some great activities for the children, of…Read More

July 20, 2016

Bobby Kerr Visits Fans at Fans Museum

It started early with visitors today, and and a lovely return visit from the unforgettable #Legend Bobby Kerr. Looking forward to seeing everyone coming in soon now the holidays are upon us. Micheal and The Team

July 22, 2016

Former Players Visiting

Expecting a great attendance today, met some great fans of all ages yesterday, and a few who have travelled far to come and see us. Wonder which former players are coming in next to engage with the fans. Darren Williams, Darren Holloway, David Rush, John Cornforth, Micky Horswill and Julito…Read More

July 25, 2016

SAFC Museum Visited By Fans

Lovely to start seeing the kids come through the doors, can't express how good it is to be doing so much for our #community, but hope to see many new visitors soon too. Spread the word if you need to get the kids in an environment that will entertain them…Read More

July 27, 2016

SAFC Legends Visiting museum

Well another player we all know, Paul Atkinson. Lovely for Paul to come in and meet some fans to talk #Memories had a good laugh at some of the stories from his time with us, can't wait to hear many more. #safc #history #sunderland @safcmuseum #fansmuseum Lovely to see Rodger…Read More

July 28, 2016

The Volunteers Behind SAFC Museum

As the founder of the SAFC Museum, Michael Ganley prides himself on making dreams come true. From long-time Black Cats fans getting their hands on rare memorabilia to youngsters being given the chance to wear famous shirts once belonging to their heroes, he is helping to spread joy. But the…Read More

July 30, 2016

Fans Museum Remembers 50th Anniversary of World Cup Win

Well we had the pleasure of our soldiers doing a parade around the city, on such a memorable day when we were a proud footballing nation. 50 years ago today we witnessed, well not all of us but the lucky ones who did, England defeat West Germany in the #1966…Read More

August 8, 2016

Helen Colquhoun Visits SAFC Museum

Been a pretty manic day today, lovely to see Helen Colquhoun call in. We also met some lovely young fans, some who have just discovered us. [gallery size="2048x2048" ids="8513,8514,8515,8516,8517,8518,8519,8520,8521,8522,8523,8524,8525,8526,8527,8528,8529,8530,8531,8532,8533,8534,8535,8536,8537,8538,8539,8540,8541,8542,8543,8544,8545,8546,8547,8548,8549,8550,8551,8552,8553,8554,8555,8556,8557,8558,8559,8560,8561,8562,8563,8564,8565,8566,8567,8568,8569,8570,8571,8572,8573,8574,8575,8576,8577"]

August 20, 2016

Final week at Library SAFC Museum

Well we have had a great experience, 5mths have been and gone so quickly, Thank you to the ladies in the Library services for offering me the space on such a whim, and the guys who have helped daily. Andrew Stuart Neil has become a new man with confidence and…Read More

September 11, 2016

Fans Museum at Giant Steps Nursery

Well its a lovely day and what a day to support our education programs, today see's us at Giant Steps Nursery in Haswell Plough, so if you want to come and get a few images wearing those iconic players shirts, get on down. There is a clown who will be…Read More

September 17, 2016

Fans Museum At Washington Carnival

Hats off to Jemma Amer for the work she and her team put in yesterday at the Washington Carnival, it was a hugely successful day. Here are a few images of who visited ourselves, we had a lovely time, and look forward to working with many other community organizations around…Read More

October 1, 2016

Fans Museum Supporting The Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Alexandra Care Unit

Great night last night, just want to thank everyone for there generous gifts, and thank you to a lovely caring man, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the city of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson. Jesmond Dene House - Afternoon tea for 2 Ashbrooke florists - Gift Voucher The Oaklands -…Read More

October 9, 2016

Fans Museum Supporting Bradley

Well a great night tonight, Bally on top form and the band, The Wish were really good too, some cracking songs from the 80's. But here's a few pictures and a few thank yous. Aaron Little from Sunderland AFC Ladies, was a true gent for arranging the attendance of the…Read More

October 14, 2016

Fans Museum Win Special Community Award

We all are so proud to have won Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards recognition in the Special Community Award. This means a great deal and those who know the staff we have, know the reasons why. The guys in question are also unique, they offer a completely different approach to business…Read More

December 25, 2016

Fans Museum Raising Funds For Dene House Primary School

Lovely to be supporting a project to help a school in Peterlee raise funds for a girls football kit and new furniture. Just shows we travel to the areas not necessarily in Sunderland city centre. But  why would we limit ourselves? It's nice to be known as the most unique…Read More

2017
January 22, 2017

Fans Museum At Freemans Quay Leisure Centre

What a great week it's been, yesterday was fantastic for us, meeting many fans who can't get into Sunderland other than on match days, and sometimes only every so often. As we keep saying, we will take it to those areas out of town to give the Fans the experience.…Read More

January 27, 2017

Fans Museum Wins Best Of Wearside Award

#winner again what a fantastic email to receive, just shows we are keeping the #positivevibes going towards our #club Good morning Michael, I’d just like to say a massive thanks on behalf of my son James (5) and me (37) for the marvellous display you put on at Durham Swimming…Read More

January 28, 2017

Ernie Jones 101st Birthday

Well it's always an honour to be invited to a Birthday party. We've all been to one or two. What makes this one different, well it was for a gentleman known by the name as Ernie Jones. Ernie is a remarkable man and an advocate to the human race. Amongst…Read More

February 3, 2017

Fans Museum At WEARBack Fair

Whoop whoop we are here... Come on down, I'm sure we can put a smile on your face with a shirt or another piece of #history. Best images wins a prize, and the framed furthest our images travel tagging us in also wins a prize. So let's see how far we…Read More

February 10, 2017

Visiting Bishop Auckland

A lovely building in a lovely part of the North East, which is held highly in the Football fraternity throughout the world. That's right. The World. Bishop Auckland is known internationally and rightly so. The History of our Northern League dates back more than 125 years and is held with…Read More

February 27, 2017

Fans Museum Visits Beamish

The Fans Museum visited Beamish for 9 days with a display of memorabilia which was enjoyed by many people young and old. What a great time we all had at Beamish Museum for half term, the 9 days we attended were very rewarding and strengthened what we are doing in…Read More

March 18, 2017

Castle Eden Golf Club Donation

WOW! I just want to say a huge huge thank you to Philip Harbord and Castle Eden golf club. Philip rang me a few weeks ago to say they had raised a sum of money, and that they wanted to split it and donate to the museum, to do something…Read More

March 29, 2017

Fans Museum At Sunderland University Diversity Challenge Cup

What a great day we had to set the tone for the University of Sunderland Diversity Challenge Cup 2017 It's been lovely meeting students from all over the world, and learning there cultures, and tasting some of the delicious food on show. If you would like to watch some of…Read More

May 1, 2017

Match 4 Margaret

Not long now till we support this, Match 4 Margaret at Ashington FC. We supported this last year and we met some brilliant locals, as well as a lot of the hospital staff. All money raised this year will be going towards Wansbeck Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Little Frankie…Read More

May 4, 2017

Fans Museum At Creative Spaces

Opened from 10am till 3pm. Just to show how we bring the #Culture & #Art out of our items, not forgetting #Interaction. Great 2 days working with @Cultural_Spring. We look forward to creating an event that'll blow the socks off everyone #Culture #Art #Fans. [gallery size="2048x2048" ids="8707,8708,8709,8710,8711,8712,8713,8714"]

May 15, 2017

Dementia Awareness With Alexandra Centre

A lovely day to work with @AlexandraCentre. Lets wake up and spread the #Awareness towards #Dementia #DAW2017 [gallery size="2048x2048" ids="8591,8592,8593,8594,8595,8596,8597,8598,8599,8600,8601,8602,8603,8604,8605,8606,8607,8608,8609,8610,8611,8612,8613,8614,8615,8616,8617,8618,8619,8620,8621,8622,8623,8624,8625,8626,8627,8628,8629,8630,8631,8632,8633,8634,8635,8636,8637"]