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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 57, dated December 2014.

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Please note; 7 Mar Country Walk, Stewart Park, has had to be POSTPONED DUE TO BUILDING WORK AT STEWART PARK. It will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Next event; 25 Mar, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Low Hauxley in context: rescue excavation of a multi-period coastal site, Clive Waddington, Mining Institute. Clive will be bringing copies of his book, Rescued from the Sea: An Archaeologist’s Tale, published by Northumberland Wildlife Trust for sale at £10 a copy.

The digital copy of the 1771 River Tyne Flood Papers, created as part of Helen Berry's research, is now on our website. Follow this link to see it. We will shortly be convening a study group to index, transcribe, and research around the book. Please send us an e-mail if you are interested.

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  lectures, walks and visits, and social events, and we keep members notified of other events of interest around the region. Our 2015 programme is now on the website

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