The Society is YOUR local history society, providing:
LECTURES, EXHIBITIONS, RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS
The Morpeth Antiquarian Society was founded in 1946, and is a registered charity (No. 507640).
The President is The Mayor of Morpeth.
The Society publishes books on Morpeth’s history, holds
Heritage Open Day events in September, advises on planning
and heritage, runs an annual exhibition for the weekend of
Morpeth Fair in June and stages temporary displays in the
glass cases in Morpeth Town Hall Butter Market.
The Society is the parent body of the Morpeth
Northumbrian Gathering, the 3-day annual celebration
of local traditional music, dance, craft, dialect
and heritage which is held across the town on the
weekend after Easter.
The Society’s Museum was housed in the 13th
century Chantry from 1965 to 1997, during which time
MAS launched an appeal which restored the whole
building to serve the town. After local government
changes the museum store moved first to the Town
Hall and then Newbiggin and finally to its current
location in Pegswood.
Meanwhile we continue to catalogue our extensive
collection of artefacts, pictures, maps and books
and arrange exhibitions, while a separate
organisation, Friends of Morpeth Museum, exists to
raise funds to help re-establish a Heritage Resource
in the town to tell the story of Morpeth to
residents and visitors and aid research into local
and family history.
We meet on the last Friday of:
September, October, November, January, February,
March (subject to change to avoid Good Friday) and
April (AGM), May and June.
We are supporters of a long
campaign to establish a Museum in this lovely town which is full of interesting history and stories.