the case for a Museum in Morpeth:
The "Friends of Morpeth Museum" was formed at a
meeting held on 6th September 2001.
The aim of the
Friends is to see a Museum established in the centre
of Morpeth, to display the history of the town.
We are appealing for the support of residents,
ex-residents and visitors who agree that there is a
need for a Museum in Morpeth.
Morpeth has been a market town for at least 8
centuries. A Charter to hold a market was issued by
King John in 1199, and it is believed to be a
confirmation of an earlier charter. So Morpeth has a
very long history, about which much is known.
The early history has survived in document form –
for example, the edict of 1282, which demanded that
all corn grown in Morpeth should be ground at the
Lord’s Mill. That edict was still being enforced in
the 18th century.
In more recent times, artefacts have survived.
However, both documents and artefacts are scattered
around Morpeth and beyond. For example, the Morpeth
Court Rolls are held by Durham University, although
an enterprising Past Chairman of Morpeth Antiquarian
Society obtained copies, now housed in the
Northumberland Records Office, at present in
The Friends have a list of important artefacts
that still exist. Their location is known. Their
ownership is known. In some cases, promises have
been made that if a museum existed, artefacts would
be given or loaned on a long-term basis to it.
It is the belief of the Friends that the
treasures of Morpeth should be brought together in
one place, properly cared for and put on display to
the general public.