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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.

  • Publications

    The publications of the Friends include a quarterly Newsletter and a volume of local photographs. An online archive of the Newsletters extends back to 1994.

  • 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: 04/07/2017


    On Saturday 29 July 2017 at Bamburgh Castle there will be a recital of Leasungspell: A Fool's Tale, an epic poem by Bob Beagrie, set to...

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  • Date: 21/06/2017

    Armed Forces Day

    Saturday 24 June 2017 is Armed Forces Day in Berwick. Among the events taking place will be some exhibitions in the Guildhall about...

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  • Date: 31/05/2017

    Peregrini Heritage...

    Over the weekend of 17th/18th June 2017, the second Peregrini Heritage Festival will be taking place on Holy Island. There will be...

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