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Society of Antiquaries

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our latest news bulletin is issue 60, dated June 2016.

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Our Library at the Great North Museum will be closed on Friday 21 October, due to staff commitments. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Other than that, termtime opening hours are 10.00 to 4.00, Monday to Friday. It is also open on the first Saturday of each month, 11.00-3.00.

Next event; 26 Oct, 6.00 Public Lecture. Nick Owen, Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. Please note different venue

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

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. 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. We own many of the exhibits on display in museums in the region, and our large archives are deposited at Northumberland Archives.

Contacting us

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. Our library is open to the public.


We sponsor and publish research into North East history and archaeology of all periods

Keep up to date

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