Arch and Arch

The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland

Adrian Green, President.

Welcome to the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland. Founded in 1861, ‘the Arch & Arch’ has been involved in lectures, visits and publications on the past of north-eastern England and elsewhere for 160 years.

We are based in Durham but our members live throughout the region and abroad. When pandemics permit, we organise day visits to local places of interest and longer summer excursion visiting places of interest elsewhere in Britain. Our lectures cover archaeology and architecture from prehistory to the present day in north-east England and across the world. We also organise a range of hands-on activities, including, from time to time, excavations and standing building recording.

Lectures are held monthly from September to June. At present we use Zoom but normally our meetings are in Durham. Every May, we hold our Annual General Meeting elsewhere in the region, combining business with a visit to a heritage site or museum. In December we hold a Members’ Meeting, where individuals can talk about their own interests and bring artefacts for identification and discussion.

We welcome members from across the north-east of England. Those based elsewhere in the UK or internationally are welcome via Zoom, at present, and may be interested in joining to subscribe to the Durham Archaeological Journal.

Richard Annis


The Architectural and Archaeological Society
of Durham and Northumberland.




Portable Antiquities Scheme

Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme
Durham University Department of Archaeology

Department of Archaeology

Durham is one of the leading centres for archaeology in the UK being ranked fourth in their subject in the Times Good University Guide 2013 and the Complete University Guide 2013. This is testimony to the Department's success in all aspects of the university experience. Their research is internationally significant and is currently judged best in the UK for Archaeology.

Durham University Department of Archaeology

Bamburgh Research Project