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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: 03/04/2017

    Cowe’s exhibition

    An exhibition on the history and restoration of Wm. Cowe & Sons' building at 64-66 Bridge Street in Berwick will be on display there...

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  • Date: 27/03/2017

    Museum opening

    Berwick Museum & Art Gallery re-opens for the new season on Saturday 1st April 2017. There has been a re-display of the Medieval...

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  • Date: 27/03/2017

    Lindisfarne Priory

    On Monday 3 April 2017 there will be a talk by Howard Culley entitled "From St Aidan to the Reformation: the story of Lindisfarne...

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