Morpeth Antiquarian SocietyMorpeth Antiquarian Society - Newsletter

All meetings are held at 7.15pm in St Jamesí Hall, Wellway, Morpeth.
Entrance fee (including coffee) £1 for members and £3 for visitors. Annual subscription £15.

Visitors and new members are welcome at all meetings; no need to book.

Town Hall Exhibitions and Events 2018 - 2019

(During Town Hall opening hours:
mini-displays in Butter Market glass cases.)

  • Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September 2018:
    Heritage Open Days See press and website
  • 52nd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
    Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April 2019
  • Annual Exhibition
    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019

FURTHER DETAILS: Hon. Sec. Val Cowan 07887 594161

72nd Season
Friday Lecture meetings

Friday Lecture meetings are held at 7.15 pm in St Jamesí Centre, Wellway, Morpeth, NE61 1BN
Entrance fee (inc. coffee/tea/biscuit): £1 for members or £3 for visitors
Annual subscription £17
Visitors and new members always welcome

  • 28th September 2018 Michael Taylor: Seven Bridges: Crossing the Tyne Gorge
  • 26th October 2018 Angela Teasdale: Morpeth Cenotaph: WWI
  • 30th November 2018 Roger Hawkins: Morpeth Dispensary
  • December 2018 No meeting
  • 25th January 2019 Membersí Night: short history talks given by members of the Society, followed by a pooled supper. Visitors welcome
  • 22nd February 2019 Chris Bostock: Of Worms and Wonders - a reflection on the rich heritage of Northumbrian Folk Tales
  • 29th March 2019 Peter Regan: The History of Warkworth
  • 3rd May 2019 Annual General Meeting, short talk by Robert Young: The History of Smailís, followed by a pooled supper
  • 31st May 2019 Barry Mead: Bothal Observed
  • 28th June 2019 Dr Jared Johnson: William Turner


Morpeth Antiquarian Society is looking for a place to use its heritage collection of artefacts, pictures and documents to tell the stories of the townís history.

After 32 years in the Chantry building the Society's local history museum was obliged by the borough council to go into store in the Town Hall in 1997. 

In 2010 management changes at the building forced another move and now the museum collection is in temporary store outside the town at a costly rent.

Meanwhile, cataloguing, research work and fund-raising have continued, with an annual exhibition staged each summer, shop window displays provided for Heritage Open Days and artefacts brought to community groups.  It is the Society's intention to raise awareness and develop a vision for the future use of the collection.  Anyone wishing to help at our regular volunteer "hands-on" sessions or who has ideas for future premises, strategy and funding, please contact the secretary.


52nd Northumbrian Gathering
26th April to 28th April 2019


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