Museums and Groups in Tyne and Wear

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Tyne and Wear. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).



Beamish Museum

Beamish is a world famous open-air museum telling the story of life in North-East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is housed in the old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. It is a science museum and a local history museum, and it also houses the regimental museum for the 15th/19th King’s Royal Hussars and the Northumberland Hussars.

Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum houses the collections of the former Hancock Museum, the Museum of Antiquities and Shefton Museum. The collections cover natural history, archaeology and astronomy. The Holy Island post-medieval coin hoard is on display here (NCL-B02245).

Jarrow Hall Anglo Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum

Jarrow Hall features at its heart a museum dedicated to exploring the fascinating life and legacy of Bede, an extensive Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm and reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Discover Sunderland’s fascinating history in one place. With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Perhaps the most famous object of all is Wallace the Lion.

Societies & Organisations

Society of Antiquaries Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Sunderland Antiquarian Society

South Hylton Local History Society

South Shields Local History Group