Great North Museum: Hancock Library

Great North Museum: Hancock Library by Ian Bower


The Great North Museum: Hancock Library provides a rich and diverse collection of archaeological material for anyone interested in this subject who is based in the North East of England.

The Library is open to anyone and is free to use on a reference basis. It is located on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock and is open  Monday  – Friday from 10.00 – 4.00 in University term time, and  from 1.00 – 4.00 during the vacations.

The Library contains the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne, the oldest society of this type in the UK. It contains 7800 books, 300 journal titles and 1700 tracts with books and periodicals dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries

The subjects covered include local history, archaeology and architecture. Incorporated within this is material on Roman Britain and the Roman frontier in the North East, the history and archaeology of Hadrian’s Wall and Greek and Roman coinage.

The collection also includes a full set of both the Society’s Proceedings and Archaeologia  Aeliana, it’s learned journal. These periodicals contain a wealth of articles and information on the history and archaeology of the northern region.

Newcastle University’s Cowen Library which is the collection of the School of History, Classics and and Archaeology is also located in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library.

The Cowen Library includes 7300 books and 200 journal titles with the earliest book in the collection being published in 1709. The subjects covered include archaeology, ancient history and classics, Roman Britain, including social and military history. Local archaeology, archaeological methodology, the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Byzantine Empire are also available.

If you haven’t already visited us we’d be delighted to see you and help you with any queries that you have.

For further information please visit the library website at

If you have any enquiries please send them to


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