Association of Northumberland Local History Societies

The Association was originally founded in 1966 as the Northumberland Local History Society with the remit of drawing together groups and individuals interested in the history of the historic county of Northumberland and encouraging and supporting the formation of local history societies in the county. It provided a publication to record items of local historical interest that might otherwise remain unpublished and meetings on historical topics of county-wide importance.

Registered Charity No.251179

Our aims are:

  • to promote interest in the local history of the historic county of Northumberland
  • to encourage the formation of new local history societies or groups in the historic county of Northumberland
  • to encourage research and the recording of local history in the county
  • to provide support and guidance to member societies

Our activities include:

  • an annual One Day School held at a different location in the county each year and based on a local theme
  • an annual Round the County Day hosted by a different member society each year
  • a Members’ Meeting in the spring of each year, usually held in St Nicholas’s Church Hall, South Gosforth, with a talk on a topical theme of local interest followed by time for members to meet together and exchange ideas
  • an AGM held in the autumn of each year when members receive an update on the previous year’s activities and have the opportunity to hear a talk by a respected, high-quality speaker

We also publish an annual journal – ‘Tyne & Tweed’ – in the autumn of each year which is free to members.

Our organising body:

is an Executive Committee whose members are elected at the AGM. It administers the business and development of ANLHS in line with the needs of its members, organises the annual Programme of Events and produces our annual journal.

We actively support publication of members’ research interests:

and members are encouraged to publish the results of their research interests either in book form or as an article in our annual journal ‘Tyne and Tweed’. The Editor, Jane Bowen, can be contacted for advice on the suitability of an article. Write to Jane Bowen, 4 Byers Close, Belford, NE70 7DA or email

We also have a small Publication Fund which is available to members to aid in the publication of books. For more information please contact the Chairman, Dr Michael Barke, 11 Beverley Terrace, Cullercoats, North Shields, NE30 4NT.