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About TWAS

Tyne & Wear Archives Service has now merged with Tyne and Wear Museums to create a joint service.

What are archives?

Records are produced and kept by organisations and individuals in their day to day activities. When they themselves have no further use for them the archives service chooses those which are worth keeping for other reasons, including historical research, and these become archives.

What sort of archives do we have?

We have archives of all types from a huge range of sources which occupy about 14km of shelving at our base in Blandford House, Newcastle. The kinds of things we have include

  • local authority records such as minutes, building plans, school records
  • hospital records
  • records of magistrates and other courts
  • business records of all types, but especially those of important local industries like shipbuilding, engineering and coal mining, including photographs, plans and other material
  • church and chapel records including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials
  • records of local organisations, both great and small
  • private papers of individuals and families, from every walk of life, not just the rich or important.

For more information see our Collection Policy [37k PDF].

What do we do?

At Blandford House we have

  • Storage areas with fire protection and monitored environmental conditions to make sure the records are physically safe for the future
  • Professional archivists who choose which records to preserve and catalogue them so that you can use them
  • Experienced staff who can advise on using the records, including an outreach team who work with schools, other groups and lifelong learners
  • Professional conservators who monitor the conditions the archives are kept in, provide specialist packaging, and repair any items which are already worn or damaged when they come into the archives