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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 67, dated Dec 2019.

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Next event; 27 December, 9.30, Newcastle Body and Soul Project:  An investigation into the early history of the church of St Nicholas, and its congregation tour of St Nicholas’s Cathedral, Newcastle, led by David Heslop. Meet at the font. 

29 Jan 2020, 6.00, Anniversary Meeting and lecture, Room 2.98, Armstrong Building, Newcastle Unversity. Follow this link for directions to the venue. Speaker Derek Cutts on John William Chater and the Song of the Carrion Chro [sic]: Satire in mid-Victorian Newcastle. The meeting will be followed by our Anniversary Social, at Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, the home of Explore Lifelong Learning, 4th floor, with lift. You will be able to drop in food offerings from 5.00, before going to our lecture.

Please note; At the Anniversary Meeting, Council will be bringing forward proposals to change our constitution. Follow these links for the agenda and a background paper. You can also look here at the Draft Constitution for a CIO, and our revised statutes under the proposalThere will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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