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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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The special offer on our Handbook to the Roman Wall is still available; price £5 plus £4 p&p. Click here for the order form.  You can save on the postage and packing by calling into the Library at the GNM during opening hours.

Final event of 2014; 27 Dec, 10.30 am, Walk in Gateshead: from railway town to sculpture park. Start at Sage Gateshead (west door). Should last around 90 minutes.

Our library at the GNM will be open from 1.00 to 4.00 Monday to Friday until 23 Dec, and closed altogether 24 Dec to 2 Jan. It will reopen on 5 Jan with normal hours, 10.00 to 4.00.

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