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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 65, dated December 2018.

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Please note; From 1 April, opening hours for our library at the Great North Museum will be; termtime, Monday to Thursday 10.00-4.00, Friday 10.00-1.00. Vacation time; Monday to Thursday 1.00-4.00, Friday 10.00-1.00.

Coming events; 10 April, 6.30-.8.30, Archaeological Glass at the Quilliam Brothers, Coffee House Seminar at Quilliam Brothers Tea House.  Three speakers for 20 minutes each, plenty of time for discussion. Only 21 spaces, free for all but must register by e-mail

13 April, 10.30, Country Walk, Nenthead Mines, Meet at Information Centre. Will include an underground visit for those who want it. Please contact Rosie Serdiville, 0774 979 8023 or by e-mail to say whether you are coming, and to offer or request a lift. The Mines are looked after by a voluntary group, and we will be encouraging those attending to make donations of around £5.

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 for contact information, and this link for opening hours for the library.

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. Follow this link for more details.

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. We own many of the exhibits on display in museums in the region, and our large archives are deposited at Northumberland Archives. We currently have a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Unlocking the Archives, to make some more of our documents accessible.

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.

In July 2019 we will be hosting the Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall, along with our sister society the CWAAS. Follow this link for details of this. Please note; it is now fully booked..

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.


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.

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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.

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