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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 66, dated June 2019.

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Next event; 27 Nov, 6.00, Public Lecture, Finding Ralph Taylor, Keith Wrightson, Please note venue; Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

At our Anniversary Meeting in January 2020, Council will be bringing forward proposals to change our constitution. Currently, we are an unincorporated association, and the proposal is to move to the more modern structure of a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). You can see an explanation of the reasons for this here. Follow these links for copies of the proposed new constitution, and the existing statutes as amended to allow transfer to the new body. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion before these proposals are finalised.

Membership of Newcastle Antiquaries is open to anybody with an interest in the history and archaeology of the North East, and our library is open to the public.

Follow this link to send an e-mail to the office

Our aim is to promote the preservation, study and enjoyment of historical and archaeological heritage in general, and of the North East of England in particular. We have approaching 800 members, and always welcome new ones. Membership costs £20 per year for students, £40 for individual members, and £64 for joint members. We also have special student online-only membership for only £5 for the academic year. Click here to find out details of what each membership category offers. We also now provide the opportunity to join online.

We are the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, founded in 1813. Our library of over 30,000 books and journals is on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, and is open to the public. Follow this link for opening hours. We own many of the exhibits on display in museums in the region, and our large archives are deposited at Northumberland Archives. Our Unlocking the Archives project, originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working on making documents accessible, through digitising and transcribing them.

News and Events

We have a full programme of  lectures, walks and visits, and social events, and we keep members notified of other events of interest around the region.

Contacting us

Our library and office are on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. Follow this link for further contact details.

 


 

Library and Collections

We are guardians of world-class collections of antiquities and archives, and we have a library of over 30,000 books and journals. Our library is open to the public.


Publications

We sponsor and publish research into North East history and archaeology of all periods


Keep up to date

 We run a regular e-mail circular. If you are a member and would like to be included on the e-mailing list, please e-mail the website editor.  Please note that, as required under the General Data Protection Regulations, we are no longer sending e-circulars or electronic copies of the News Bulletin to those from whom we have not received specific consent to do so. Members who have not consented default to receiving items by post only. You can of course resubscribe to our e-mail lists at any time; simply send us an e-mail, including your name and (if known) your membership number.

We also have a Facebook page and are on Twitter.


We are a registered charity, registration number 230888. Click here for our entry on the Charity Commission website. We are also partners in the management of Newcastle Castle.

In the future, don’t forget your past