What we've been doing since 1924

Created in 1924, by ‘well connected enthusiasts’, the Society’s focus is on protecting and enhancing the landscape, culture and built environment of Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside for future heritage.

For over ninety years, the N&N Society has sought to protect historic buildings and landscapes, and to encourage good sustainable design.

Here are just a few examples of what the Society does:

  • We saved and now own Kielder Viaduct (main picture). On the former Border Counties Railway, the viaduct is one of the best preserved examples of a ‘skew-arch’ bridge in this country, bought in the late 1960’s by the Society to save it from demolition.
    It now forms part of the Lakeside Way within the Kielder Forest Park.
  • We monitor and comment on planning applications, policies and key regional strategy including Northumberland Local Plan – we are closely monitoring Northumberland County Council’s emerging policies on renewable energy in the county.
  • We comment on (objecting where necessary) proposed developments which may have a detrimental effect on the built environment or our precious landscapes.
  • We lead or support campaigns to save, safeguard or celebrate important people, buildings, landscapes and culture.

The plaque on the Kielder Viaduct, owned by the Northumberland & Newcastle Society since 1969

We Support Others

  • We supported the Friends of Morpeth Floral Clock campaign to restore the rare Clock in Carlisle Park
  • We support the campaign to prevent the closure of Rothbury Cottage Hospital
  • We support the campaign to save the iconic Cooperage building on Newcastle’s quayside
  • Take a look at the History page for more on what we have achieved since 1924.

More about the Society

We are a registered charity and one of the oldest civic societies in England.

We have over 500 members

Our work is carried out by our three committees of volunteers:

  • Our Tyneside Committee helps protect the historical built environment of the City of Newcastle and its suburbs and North Tyneside for future generations to enjoy.
  • Our County Committee helps protect the cherished environment of the County of Northumberland – both its landscapes and its towns and villages.
  • Our Northumberland Environmental Policy Group provides valid and independent opinion regarding wind energy development in Northumberland, and works with Northumberland County Council on policy.


We run a varied programme of subsidised social events throughout the year, organised by our Events Committee. We invite quality speakers to talk to our Members on a broad range of heritage topics. Events include lectures, talks, tours and visits to places not usually open to the public.

Become a Member

With over 500 members, we have supporters from the Tyne to the Tweed and beyond. Members receive the Society’s quarterly journal, City & County which provides an overview of progress, projects, past and forthcoming events.