Tyne and Wear Archives

Tyne and Wear Archives
The Archives
Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear


The Archives website





The Archives

0191 2772248

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An invitation to a battleship launch
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The Archives hold documents relating to Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, north Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The Archives preserve documents relating to the area from the 12th to the 21st century, and the service is free for everyone to use.

We have archives of all types from a huge range of sources which occupy about 14km of shelving at our base in Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Archives include:
Local authority records such as minutes, building plans and school records.
Hospital records.
Magistrates and other court records.
Business records, especially those of important local indutries such as shipbuiling, engineering and mining.
Church records including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.
Records of local organisations of all sizes.
Private papers of individuals and families from all walks of life.

The Archives' shipbuilding, marine and maritime trade collections are Designated Collections of national importance.

Tyne & Wear Archives Service merged with Tyne & Wear Museums to create a joint service called Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums from April 2009.

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Opening hours

9am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the first Saturday of each month. 9am - 8.30pm on Tuesdays.

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges

Free entry

The Shipbuilding, Marine and Maritime Trade Collection in the Archives is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This collection comprises material from over 20 Tyneside shipbuilding firms, including major companies such as Swan Hunter.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Social History, Maritime, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
HMS Mauretania in dazzle camouflage

Rivers At War

  • 4 August 2014 — 30 April 2015 *on now

Between August 1914 and November 1918, the shipbuilders of the rivers Tyne and Wear armed the country for war. This exhibition shows the scale of operations on the rivers: ship and component building, repairs and losses, vessels appropriated by the Royal Navy, battlecruisers associated with two famous names, the first motor landing craft, and a hospital role for one of Tyneside’s most famous ocean liners.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Victory tea party, 1919

WW1 Family History Drop in Surgeries

  • 13 April 2015
  • 11 May 2015
  • 1 June 2015
  • 6 July 2015
  • 3 August 2015
  • 7 September 2015
  • 5 October 2015
  • 2 November 2015
  • 7 December 2015

Do you want to know what happened to your ancestors during the First World War?

Drop in to one of our surgeries on the first Monday of every month.

Suitable for

  • Any age