Shefton Museum

The Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology was an archaeological museum at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, which opened in 1956[1] and closed in 2008. Its collections are now part of the Great North Museum.

Shefton Museum
The Armstrong Building, the former home of the Shefton Museum
Established1956 (1956)
Dissolved2008 (2008)
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Coordinates54.9797°N 1.6160°W / 54.9797; -1.6160
TypeArchaeology museum
DirectorMiss Lindsay Allason-Jones
CuratorProf. Tony Spawforth
Public transit accessMetro
Great North Museum


The museum was located in the Department of Classics in the Armstrong Building of the main University campus. It was founded in 1956 by Professor Brian B. Shefton with a grant of £20 from the University's Rector, Charles Bosanquet.[1] Since then the collection has grown to over 800 objects.[1] Professor B.B. Shefton was the curator until 1984 when his role was taken over by Professor Tony Spawforth.[1] Shefton died on 25 January 2012, aged 92.[2]

As part of the Great North Museum Project the Shefton collection, along with Museum of Antiquities, was moved to the Great North Museum:Hancock. On 18 April 2008 the museum closed in preparation for the relocation of its collections to the newly renovated Hancock Museum, which opened in May 2009.[3]


  1. "About the Museum". Shefton Museum (Newcastle University). Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  2. "Professor Brian Shefton". The Daily Telegraph. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. "Last chance to visit University Museums". Newcastle University. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
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