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Newcastle Castle is operated by and is a trading name of The Heart of the City Partnership. The Heart of the City Partnership is a company limited by guarantee #06373460 and a registered charity #1165434.

The Heart of the City Partnership is a joint venture between a number of Newcastle organisations, all of whom have a passion and vested interest in the Castle’s future preservation.

The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne is the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, founded in 1813. When, in 1847, the Keep was in danger from the development of the railways, the Society successfully campaigned against proposals to demolish both the Norman Castle and surrounding Garth. In the following year the Antiquaries were given a long lease on the building for a nominal rent and the Society celebrated its new acquisition with a Grand Antiquarian Banquet in the Great Hall.

Newcastle City Council has long safeguarded the well-being of the Castle, ever since the Society leased the Black Gate from the newly-created City in order to house its museum in 1883. The Keep was administered by the Society on behalf of the City until 2013.

St Nicholas Cathedral is a stunning medieval building, first established in 1091, a few short decades after the Norman invasion of England. Originally the parish church for the small, emerging town, much of the architecture today dates back to the 14th and 18th centuries. The Cathedral and Castle have been constant neighbours, and this contiguous relationship has thrived right through to the present day.