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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 59, dated Dec 2015.

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Next event, 17 June, 7.00, President's Evening. St Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead. Cost £15 per person including buffet. Guide/ speaker Lawrence Bryson. Follow this link for booking details

Tickets are now on sale for the Northumbrian Minstrelsy concert at the Sage on 26 June. An evening of local traditional ballads, songs and tunes performed by leading folk singers and musicians Johnny Handle, Stewart Hardy, Jez Lowe, Andy May, Carolyn Robson and The Border Directors. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions), plus handling fee, available from the Sage Box Office, by phone 0191 443 4661, in person or online.

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.

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 management of Newcastle Castle.

In the future, don’t forget your past