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.

Programme 2019 – 2020
73rd Season

CHANGE OF VENUE: Monthly Friday Lecture meetings
for the remainder of the season will be held at 7.15 pm in The Corn Exchange (ground floor) Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ
Entrance fee (inc. coffee/tea/biscuit): £1 for members or £3 for visitors
Annual subscription £17
Visitors and new members always welcome

  • 28th February 2020 Liz Sobell: Who Killed Charles Radcliffe?
  • 27th March 2020 Peter Regan: The Romantic North in Picturesque Paintings
  • 24th April 2020 Barry Mead: Cresswell Pele Tower: From Reivers & Ruin to Restoration, followed by a pooled supper and Annual General Meeting
  • 29th May 2020 Phil Huntley: Bridges of Morpeth
  • 26th June 2020 David Silk: Medieval Family Life

Town Hall Exhibitions and Events:

  • During Town Hall opening hours:
    mini-displays in Butter Market glass cases
  • 53rd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
    Festival of local traditions 17th to 19th April 2020
  • Annual Exhibition: Spreading the WordMorpeth’s newspapers, printers, authors, posties, missionaries, teachers, etc.
    Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020
  • Heritage Open Days Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th September 2020
    including Heritage drop-in session and Town Treasures tours

FURTHER DETAILS: Hon. Sec. Val Cowan 07887 594161


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 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.


53rd Northumbrian Gathering
17th April to 19th April 2019


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