The Society's seal and three photographs

More about the Society


Membership of Newcastle Antiquaries is open to anybody with an interest in the history and archaeology of the North East. 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.

News and Events

We normally have a full programme of  lectures, walks and visits, and social events. In the current situation, those up to the end of May are cancelled.

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.

Contacting us

Our library and office are on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. During the current situation, both office and library are closed. Please make contact with the administrator by e-mail only. Please also note that 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

Keep up to date

 We 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.  Please note that, as required under the General Data Protection Regulations, we are no longer sending e-circulars or electronic copies of the News Bulletin to those from whom we have not received specific consent to do so. Members who have not consented default to receiving 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.

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In the future, don’t forget your past