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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 56, dated June 2014.

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We are looking for donations to help with the cost of purchasing the Lindisfarne Hoard of 15th and 16th century gold and silver coins. You can make donations online via our MyDonate page, or follow this link for other methods.

Next event; 30 Aug, Country Meeting, Brantwood with lake cruise. Fully booked. Coaches leave Bewick Street (next to St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle) at 9 am, with pick-up point in Hexham. Phone Mary Longley on 0191 221 2741 for last-minute queries.

We have two New Members' sessions in our library at the Great North Museum on 10 Sept at 4.00 and 6.00, for anyone who has joined in the last few years.  It would be helpful to know who is coming; please e-mail Rosie Serdiville about this, or for more information. (tel 0191 230 3797)

The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne promotes 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. We are the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, founded in 1813. Our library and office are on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, and the office is generally staffed on Wednesday afternoons. Follow this link for further contact details.

News and Events

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

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


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

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We have a Facebook page and are on Twitter. We also 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.

We are a registered charity, registration number 230888. Click here for our entry on the Charity Commission website. We are also partners in the Heritage Lottery-funded Old Newcastle Project, covering the Castle and Cathedral area.

In the future, don’t forget your past