Local history resources

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St Mary's Heritage Centre and Gateshead Central Library both have an extensive collection of local history material. We also have smaller collections at all our branch libraries.

St Mary's Heritage Centre specialises in family history and the history of the immediate area. Our collections at the central library include:

  • books
  • pamphlets
  • local newspapers
  • original manuscripts
  • maps, plans
  • illustrations
  • posters
  • photographs

You can book space for private research, with bookable microfilm readers and computers available. The central library houses the majority of our resources and facilities.

We are happy to help with your enquiries. For those that need research, please contact us by email or post rather than by phone. This way we are able to give a better service.

We are happy to receive phone requests for general enquiries or to provide an update about an existing enquiry.

Visit our birth, deaths and marriages page if you want to search the historical indexes or order a certificate.

Tyne and Wear Archives Service (TWAS) collect and manage original documents on behalf of the five Tyne and Wear local authorities.

The archives include local authority records, such as:

  • minutes
  • building plans
  • school records
  • hospital records
  • records of magistrates
  • other court, business and industry records

They archives also have collections of:

  • church and chapel records (including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials)
  • records of local organisations
  • private papers of individuals and families from all walks of life 


Contact us

Local History Service
Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road

0191 433 8430

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