Tales of Antiquarian Adventure

16 Feb - 30 Apr 13

Tales of Antiquarian Adventure celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the UK. 

When John Bell gathered his friends at the Turk’s Head in Newcastle’s Bigg Market in 1813 to decide how to study the antiquities of the area, little did he realise that the society he formed would still be going strong 200 years later and that it would have played such a significant role in the life of the North East.

In the last 200 years, the society has preserved and protected archaeological remains, historic buildings and artefacts, published books and journals, funded research and maintained a library.

This exhibition showcases the society’s world-class collections, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, and explores its vast history and many achievements.