The Society's seal and three photographs

About us

 How SANT is governed

As from 1 January 2021, we are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registration number, 1188638) Click here for our entry on the Charity Commission website. The Society operated for many years as an incorporated association with charitable status (registration number 230888) with the same name and the same charitable objects. Click here for the Charity Commission entry for the pre-2021 body. The new CIO will operate in the same way, with a membership which elects the trustees (Members of Council) and the officers of the Society. This more modern form of charitable status makes it easier for the Society to hold assets and make contracts, and offers the charity trustees the comfort of limited liability. 

 We produce an Annual Report and Accounts, which are submitted yearly to the Charity Commissioners.

Click here to see our Constitution. This requires that there should be not less than 14 nor more than 16 elected charity trustees. These consist of the six officers of the CIO, namely the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Librarian,the Editor and the Keeper of the Archaeological Collections, and up to 10 other members. To be eligible to stand as President, any candidate must already be a charity trustee. In addition the immediate Past President of the CIO is an ex officio trustee. The members' section also includes the Standing Orders for Council and the terms of reference of the committees.

All the initial trustees (Members of Council) of the CIO will retire at the first AGM of the CIO in April 2022, although they may stand for re-election. Thereafter, two officers and two ordinary trustees will stand down at each AGM, chosen on the basis of length of service or by lot if necessary, but may stand for re-election.

 Follow this link for a list of members of the various sub-committees of the Antiquaries' Council, and the representatives on outside bodies, as at February 2020.

All ordinary members of the Society are welcome to stand for election to office or the Council; nominations signed by the nominator and a seconder, and accompanied by the written consent of the nominee, should arrive in the hands of the Secretary by the last Wednesday in the November of any given year. Follow this link for the Nomination Form. This must be signed by the nominator and a supporter (who have to be members) and accompanied by a signed statement from the nominee (who also has to be a member), that they are wiling to be nominated. It is also permissible to do this by e-mail, without  literal signatures. People can simply declare in an e-mail message they want to stand, and have e-mails from their proposer and supporter.

All members of Council are expected to declare their interests each year. Follow this link for the policy paper and declaration form.

Follow this link for the Standing Orders of the Council and committees.

We are represented on the University Museum and Gallery Board, which oversees the running of the Great North Museum: Hancock, the Hatton Art Gallery and the Resource Centre and Store at Discovery Museum. A copy of the Board's terms of reference is available from our Secretary on request.

Follow thhis link for our Health and Safety policy.

Privacy and Data Protection

We take your privacy very seriously, and:

Follow this link for our Data Protection Policy. This is reviewed at each May Council Meeting. Our registration number with the Information Commissioner's Office is A8266316.

The individuals running the Society


Officers and Council


President: N. Hodgson, MA, PhD, FSA

Secretary: G.C. Stobbs BA, MLitt, ACIfA

Treasurer: Professor S. Pallett, MA, ACA

Editor: D.P. O’Meara, MA

Librarian: D. Peel, BSc

Keeper of Archaeological Collections: L. Allason-Jones, OBE, BA, MLitt, FSA, FMA, FRSA

Council: M. Alberti, MA,; H.N. Cleeve, BSc, MEd, R. Collins, BA, PhD, FSA, R.W. Fern, BA, , D.H. Heslop, BA, FSA; F.C. McIntosh, BA, MLitt, His Honour Christopher Walton, MA (Cantab), G.N. Woodward, MA MA; D.Cutts, BA; S. Ward, BA, MA

A full list of all officers and Council for past years is included in the Society's Annual Report for each year.

You can reach any of the officers or committees of the Society by contacting the Hon. Secretary, Graeme Stobbs, by e-mail, or by writing to him at the Society's Office

Members of the Society's Council (only) can see copies of Council meeting papers by clicking here

In the future, don’t forget your past