Museum of Antiquities

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.[1]

Museum of Antiquities
Established1960 (1960)
Dissolved2008 (2008) (merged into the Great North Museum)
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, England
Coordinates54.9793°N 1.6153°W / 54.9793; -1.6153
TypeArchaeology museum
DirectorLindsay Allason-Jones
Great North Museum


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.[2] It was the main archaeology museum in north east England.[3] 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.[1]

The building that housed the Museum of Antiquities was demolished in 2011–12. It dated from the end of the Second World War and had originally been a coke testing station.[2]


The museum was a finalist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2004.[4] The museum was also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


  1. "Last chance to visit University Museums". Newcastle University. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  2. "University museums and outreach: the Newcastle upon Tyne case study". 28 January 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. "Entertainment | Museum prize shortlist unveiled". BBC News. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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