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.
The office holds many sources relating to family history, which include:
Sources also include:
The Archive also has Scottish resources, which include:
Advance booking must be made if you wish to consult original documents so they can be made available.
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.