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Record Offices[edit | edit source]

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office[edit | edit source]

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office
Walkergate Building
Walkergate, Berwick, Northumberland TD15 1DB UK
Telephone: 01289 301 865
Website: Berwick Record Office

The Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office was established in 1980 as a branch of the then Northumberland County Archives Service. It holds records relating to the former Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed which extended from Berwick, south to Ellingham, west to Ingram and north to Carham on the River Tweed.

Archives[edit | edit source]

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers[edit | edit source]

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
Neville Hall
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SE UK
Telephone (Library) 0191 233 2459 (Office) 0191 232 2201
Website: NEIMME

The NEIMME Library has one of the largest, most comprehensive collections on mining engineering in the world. It includes many early scientific and technical reports relating to the development of the coal industry and associated mechanical engineering especially the early work on safety in mines. The Library includes items relating to mining of all types, worldwide, plus all the related industries such as metallurgy, geology and railway engineering as shown in our Acquisitions Policy.
The Library includes over 35,000 volumes dating from 1556 through to the present day, over 600 different periodicals from around the world and over 15,000 pamphlets, technical reports and off-prints. We also have a large global map collection including maps from the Ordnance Survey, Geological Survey and underground mine plans. There is also a substantial image collection to which we hope to provide online searchable access in the future.
The Archives Collection documents the work of colliery viewers such as John Buddle and reveals how the coal industry operated through the Industrial Revolution. The collection includes manuscript records, letters, colliery surveys and sketch maps of those viewers and the colliery companies with which they were involved.

Northumberland Archives[edit | edit source]

Northumberland Archives
Museum and Northumberland Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF UK
Telephone: 01670 624 455
Website: Archives

The main functions of the Archives are to ensure the preservation of historic artifacts, archive documents and Local Studies material relating to the County of Northumberland and to make these available for consultation by the public. The largest element of our holdings is the Archive collection. We acquire (by deposit or gift) a wide range of archives from both official and private sources that relate to almost all aspects of the history of Northumberland and hold in excess of four linear miles of records. We also hold in the region of 8,000 3-D objects and the Local Studies Reference and Master Collections that were previously held at Morpeth Library.

Tyne and Wear Archives[edit | edit source]

Tyne and Wear Archives
Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4JA UK
Telephone: 0191 277 2248
Email (General Enquiries):
Email (Collections and research):
Website: Archives

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Gateshead Libraries[edit | edit source]

Gateshead Libraries
Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 4LN UK
Telephone: 0191 433 8410
Website: Gateshead Libraries

The Central Library offers a wide selection of books, talking books, newspapers and magazines, and a specialist Local and Family History service.

Local Studies and Family History[edit | edit source]

Local Studies and Family History
City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge St. West
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8AX UK
Telephone: 0191 2774100
Website: Local Studies and Family History

Established in 1884 this is the largest collection of local and family history material in the North East. We also collect current local material. Everyone is welcome to visit us and look at any of the collection but, as many items are rare or irreplaceable most of the collection is not on public display. To see anything just make your selection from our catalogues or ask a member of staff.

Local Studies Library[edit | edit source]

Local Studies Library
Museum and Northumberland Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF UK
Telephone: 01670 624 453
Website: Local Studies Library

The Local Studies library contains 18,000 items covering a broad range of subjects relevant to the study of Northumberland. It is the largest collection of secondary source material relating to Northumberland. It also includes publications relating to the North East at large including the Scottish Borders. It contains works by or about people who were born in Northumberland.

Newcastle University Library[edit | edit source]

Newcastle University Library
University Library
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU UK
Telephone: 0191 208 7662
Website: University Library

North Tyneside Local Studies[edit | edit source]

North Tyneside Local Studies
Discover North Tyneside
North Shields Customer First Centre
Northumberland Square
North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1QU UK
Telephone: 0191 643 5270
Website: North Tyneside Local Studies

Discover North Tyneside in North Shields Customer First Centre collects and makes available material relating to the people and places that make up North Tyneside.
Whether researching your village, the history of your house, the local industries, or the people involved, Discover North Tyneside is the place to start.

South Tyneside Libraries[edit | edit source]

South Tyneside Libraries
The Word
45 Market Place
South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1DX UK
Telephone; 0191 427 1818
Website: Libraries

Museums[edit | edit source]

Woodhorn Museum[edit | edit source]

Woodhorn Museum
Museum and Northumberland Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF UK
Telephone: 01670 624 455
Website: Woodhorn Museum

Discover 800 years of history and experience fantastic events and exhibitions at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. We hope you enjoy browsing our website. You can use it to plan your visit, research our vast archive and museum collections, order copies of Pitmen Painters prints and books as well as many other items, and even enjoy a number of special on-line exhibitions.

For a long list of Northumberland museums, go to List of museums in Northumberland in Wikipedia.

Collections[edit | edit source]

3-D Collection[edit | edit source]

3-D Collection
Museum and Northumberland Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF UK
Telephone: 01670 624 463
Website: 3-D Collection

The Woodhorn 3-D collection is an amalgamation of the objects of the former Woodhorn Colliery Museum and the small collection of objects that were held by Northumberland County Archives Service, now Northumberland Archives.