Gateshead Libraries

Central Library, Prince Consort Road
Gateshead NE8 4LN

Our Local Studies section offers access to parish records, census returns, electors lists, newspapers, maps and a large collection of photographs about the Gateshead area. Our specialist staff are on hand to help.

Lit & Phil - The Literary & Philosophical Society

23 Westgate Road
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 1SE

The Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil) is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 150,000 books. A wide selection of current fiction and non-fiction can be found alongside historical collections covering every field of interest.

Mining Institute

Neville Hall, Westgate Road
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SE

The Mining Institute, a registered charity, is situated in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is housed in Neville Hall, a Grade II* listed building. Outstanding gothic library richly decorated.

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children

Seven Stories, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 2PQ

>At the heart of Seven Stories is a treasure trove of original artwork and manuscripts which records the creative process involved in making a children's book and provides an insight into the working lives of authors and illustrators. Seven Stories is the only place in the UK which is actively collecting original artwork by British writers and illustrators for children.

St Mary's Heritage Centre

St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate
Gateshead NE8 2AU

St Mary's Church, which sits high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, reopened on the 16th December 2008 following a ??1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund, into Tyneside's newest visitor attraction. The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is now open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a new family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

Tyne & Wear Archives

The Archives, Discovery Museum, Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 4JA

The Archives hold documents relating to Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, north Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The Archives preserve documents relating to the area from the 12th to the 21st century, and the service is free for everyone to use. Collections: The Shipbuilding, Marine and Maritime Trade Collection in the Archives is a Designated Collection of national importance. This collection comprises material from over 20 Tyneside shipbuilding firms, including major companies such as Swan Hunter.