The Society's seal and three photographs

About us

We are the country’s oldest provincial antiquarian society. In the two centuries since we were founded in 1813, we have encouraged a deeper understanding of the history and archaeology of North East England.


Membership of Newcastle Antiquaries is open to anybody with an interest in the history and archaeology of the North East. We are keen to encourage new people to join, and to increase the diversity of our membership. Follow this link to join online.

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. We also have special student online-only membership for only £5 for the academic year. Click here to find out details of what each membership category offers.

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. It is currently closed because of the coronavirus, but follow this link for normal opening hours. We own many of the exhibits on display in museums in the region, and our large archives are deposited at Northumberland Archives, currently closed to the public. Our Unlocking the Archives project, originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working on making documents accessible, through digitising and transcribing them.

The people behind the Society

Follow this link for a few examples of key people behind our Society. We would love to add some more, and also to have a few words from new members about why they have joined, and what they are getting out of it.

Our Constitution

We are formally constituted under a set of Statutes, last revised in January 2005, and are a charity, registration number 230888. We produce an Annual Report and Accounts, and submit yearly returns to the Charity Commissioners. Follow this link for more information.

Currently, we are in the process of altering our constitution to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (a CIO). Follow these links for a background paper, the Draft Constitution for a CIO, and our revised statutes under the proposal.

News and Events

We normally have a full programme of  lectures, walks and visits, and social events. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, currently these have been cancelled or moved online; see the 2020 programme page for more information

Normally, we keep members notified of other events of interest around the region. In the current situation, please assume an event has been cancelled unless the organisers tell you to the contrary. However, we are maintaining a weekly e-circular for members, Antiquaries Exchange, listing on-line events and resources.

Contacting us

Our library and office are on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. Currently, both office and library are closed. Please make contact with the administrator by e-mail only. Post sent to the office address since the start of the lockdown in mid-March is currently held in their postroom. If you have sent anything important since then, it will not have been opened or dealt with; please contact the administrator.

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We sponsor and publish research into North East history and archaeology of all periods, and have a number of books and pamphlets available for sale. We have a learned journal, Archaeologia Aeliana, and publish a twice-yearly News Bulletin.

Keep up to date

We run a regular e-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 only send e-circulars or electronic copies of the News Bulletin to those from whom we have received specific consent to do so. Members who have not consented receive 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.

We also have a Facebook page and are on Twitter.



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