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The Friends support the work of the Record Office and the Museum & Art Gallery in Berwick and their related interests across North Northumberland, from Beadnell to Wooler, from Belford to Norham. We promote lectures, exhibitions and special projects, arrange volunteer activities, and publish a quarterly newsletter.


The pictures above show just a handful of historic places and activities in North Northumberland: Marygate in Berwick 1924; Berwick’s three bridges; the Border Chief ferry leaving Spittal; the Capella leaving harbour; herring girls at Spittal; Norham Bridge; salmon fishing at Outwater Stell; Kirknewton churchyard; gypsies at Wooler Haugh; Ford Moss colliery chimney; Berwick shipyard 1979; the ruins of Twizel Castle; Holy Island Causeway and Bamburgh Castle; Buckton Dovecote.  [Photographs: Berwick Record Office; Richard Ormston; Winston Carson (Capella); John Box (Norham Bridge)]. The collections of the Museum and Record Office illuminate these and many others.  Discover more on other pages.

  • Newsletter

    The Newsletter of the Friends is produced four times a year, and an archive of articles from older issues is available for downloading.

  • Museum

    Jimmy Strength is one of the colourful figures featured in the Window On Berwick exhibition which illustrates the history and culture of the area.

  • Record Office

    Tudor documents relating to the construction of the Elizabethan fortifications in Berwick were purchased with the assistance of funding from the Friends.

Latest News

  • Date: 09/03/2017


    The Annual General Meeting of the FBDMA will take place on Friday 24 March 2017, at 7pm in the Parish Centre, Berwick. It will be...

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  • Date: 09/03/2017

    Our Families

    Linda Bankier will speak to Berwick History Society on Wednesday 15 March 2017 about "Berwick 900 and the Our Families project".  The...

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  • Date: 23/02/2017

    The Fifties in Focus

    A book of photographs of Berwick and the district during the 1950s has recently been published by The Friends and the Record Office,...

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