Northumberland Record Office

Berwick-upon-Tweed Records Office

The Archive was established in 1980 as a branch of the then Northumberland County Archives Service and hold resources referring to the former borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which extended from Berwick to Ellingham, west to Ingram and north to Carham on the River Tweed.

Their resources include Berwick's Borough Records dating from the 16th century, business records, court records, estate records, nonconformist church records and records of former District Councils.  They also hold a number of sources that help people tracing their family history, this including some Scottish sources.


Berwick-upon-Tweed Archives
Walkergate Building
TD15 1DB

Telephone Number:

01289 301865 

Fax Number:

01289 330540 


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their leaflet family history resources, which includes details of their opening hours.

The office holds many sources relating to family history, which include:

  • Parish registers
  • Nonconformist registers
  • Census returns
  • Monumental inscriptions
  • Berwick freemen records 1500s-1974
  • Trade directories 19th and early 20th centuries

Sources also include:

  • Electoral registers
  • Civic Cemetery burial grounds 1856-1888
  • Durham Diocese wills
  • GRO Indexes 1837-1955
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)

The Archive also has Scottish resources, which include:

  • 1891 census indexes - Berwickshire and Roxburghshire
  • Pre 1855 Scottish counties Old Parish register baptism indexes for Scottish counties
  • Pre 1855 Old Parish register marriage indexes for Scottish counties.
  • Microfilm copies of pre 1855 registers are available for Coldingham, Coldstream, Eyemouth, Hutton, Ladykirk, Mordington, Sprouston and Yetholm
  • Pre 1855 Monumental Inscriptions for Berwickshire
  • IGI for Scotland
  • 1851, 1861 and 1901 census microfilms for Berwickshire
  • 1881 census indexes for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, Peebleshire, East Lothian and Haddington

Advance booking must be made if you wish to consult original documents so they can be made available.

Tyne and Wear Archives Service


Tyne and Wear Archives Service 
Discovery Museum 
Blandford Square 
Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Telephone Number:

0191 2772248


For information regarding their holdings, please go to the collections page. They also have an online catalogue but only have paper lists for many of their collections.

Opening hours can be found by perusing the appropriate section of the visiting us page.  

Parking is available near the museum but this is limited.  It is best to park in Grainger Town multi-storey car park situated on Waterloo Street.

Discovery Museum is situated approximately 5 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.  To get to the Office, you should walk along Neville Street/Westmorland Road.

Booking in advance is advisable if you wish to use a microfilm reader which can be done by e-mail, phone, letter or by visiting Tyne and Wear Archive.  You should telephone them if your proposed visit is less than 5 days ahead.

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a research service.  You can also download an application form.

Tyne and Wear Archives Service is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For details of other record offices in Northumberland, please visit my page regarding Northumberland Record Office.

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