Morpeth Antiquarian SocietyMorpeth Antiquarian Society - Newsletter

All meetings are held at 7.15pm in St James’ 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

(Throughout the year mini-displays are on view in the Butter Market glass cases)

Sunday 11th September 2016:
Heritage Open Days drop-in afternoon

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April 2017:
50th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering (plus other venues)

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June 2017:
Annual Exhibition – Morpeth and WW1 in 1917 plus other details to be confirmed

Lecture Programme 2016 - 2017 (70th Season)

Lectures are held in St. James’s Centre, Wellway, Morpeth, NE61 1BN on the last Friday of most months. The hall has level access, a hearing loop and nearby public car park. A £3 entrance fee for visitors includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

Friday, 30th September 2016
Tony Barrow: Collingwood’s Northumbrians

Friday, 28th October 2016
Liz O’Donnell: Voices of Stannington Sanatorium

Friday, 25th November 2016
Julia Say: Northumbrian Pipers in and around Morpeth

December 2016 No meeting

Friday, 27h January 2017
Members’ Night, 1946 theme with short talks given by members of the Society, followed by a pooled supper. Visitors welcome.

Friday, 24th February 2017
Roger Hawkins: The early Christian landscape of the Wansbeck valley

Friday, 31st March 2017
Peter Reagan: Historic families of Northumberland

Friday, 28th April 2017
Annual General Meeting, including Dorothy Robson presentation and pooled supper.

Friday, 26th May 2017
Janet Brown and others: MAS, the Story so Far, including the Chantry

Friday, 23rd June 2017
MAS 70th anniversary meal - NB venue Kirkley Hall


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

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.


50th Northumbrian Gathering
21st April to 23rd April 2017


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