Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle


The 1940's building which once housed the former Museum of Antiquities at Newcastle University adjoined the Arches on King's Road. The Museum of Antiquities was an archaeological museum which opened in 1960; run jointly by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the University. The museum was closed on the 19th April, 2008, and it's collections were merged into the extended Great North Museum: Hancock. For a time the building housed a shop selling University's memorabilia. The building was demolished in 2011/12, to create an open space, the 'Student Forum', and to provide easier pedestrian access into the Quadrangle

The Museum of Antiquities was an archaeological museum at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It opened in 1960 and in 2009 its collections were merged into the Great North Museum: Hancock.

History

The museum was originally opened in 1960, and was jointly run by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was the main archaeology museum in north east England. It covered the history of the region, especially Hadrian's Wall and the Roman period in general. It included a full-scale reconstruction of the 3rd-century temple dedicated to the Roman god Mithras at Carrawburgh. Overall, the period from early prehistory to the 17th century was covered. The University's memorabilia shop was also located inside.

As part of the Great North Museum Project the museum, along with Shefton Museum was moved to the Hancock Museum. On 19 April 2008 the museum closed in preparation for the relocation to the newly renovated Hancock Museum, which reopened in May 2009.

The building that housed the Museum of Antiquities was demolished in 2011/2012. It dated from the end of the Second World War and had originally been a coke testing station.

Awards

The museum was a finalist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2004. The museum was also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle
- Overview About the Museum The 1940's building which once housed the former Museum of Antiquities at Newcastle University adjoined the Arches on King's Road. The Museum of Antiquities was an archaeological museum ...
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Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
- Founded in 1813 the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne is the oldest provincial antiquarian society in England. The Society promotes a deeper understanding of the history and archaeology ...
The Arches, Newcastle University
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- Overview Map Street View The Arches, which form a gateway from King's Road into the Quadrangle, are an iconic symbol of Newcastle University. The 3 storey building with its pair ...
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Student Forum, Newcastle University
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