John Sunderland

The curated works of the author & artist

About me

John Sunderland is the author of On My Way to Jorvik, a humorous memoir of how a boy with a vision became a radical designer, created Dusty Bin, made films with Kenny Everett, then revolutionised visitor attraction design forever. He illustrated the book The Rocking Horse Diary by Alan Combes.

John Sunderland, a dyed-in-the-wool Yorkshireman, studied graphic design, animation and film, became the title designer of Yorkshire Television’s hit game show 3*2*1 and directed and art-directed film and animation for British television.

He became the Project Designer of the original Jorvik Viking Centre in 1981. By 2008, he designed and built 25 award-winning cultural heritage centres and completed 150 international consultancies, producing and directing his exhibition documentaries. The media dubbed him ‘the Godfather of the Heritage Industry’.

John married Kathy Kirkpatrick, owner of Life Café in New York City (featured in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical hit RENT). In 2012, they retired to the Costa Blanca of Spain.

John writes poetry, short stories and fiction, paints, carves walking sticks, and adds to his collection of journals.

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