Welcome to Trinity House…

Please scroll down for an overview of the operation and management of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House.


The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House is registered in England and Wales as charity No. 243369. Its primary functions are the preservation and maintenance of the historic buildings that occupy the Broad Chare site and the collections they contain. It is further dedicated to the continuance of ancient maritime traditions within the City of Newcastle.

The House also supports other local maritime charities and like-minded organisations in the region.


The Corporation is one of three licensing authorities in the United Kingdom empowered to examine and license Deep-Sea Pilots.

Its experienced Brethren also provide assistance and consultancy to the maritime community, particularly in the North-East.


Trinity House, located in the heart of Newcastle’s historic Quayside district, is an ideal and accessible location to host your corporate event, stage your private function or hold your meeting. The unique atmosphere and historic surroundings will leave a pleasurable and lasting impression in the memories of your guests.


The Corporation coordinates a programme of visits, talks and other training activities for sea cadets and sea scouts in the region. Working with local maritime authorities, organizations and companies, youngsters are introduced to aspects of the maritime world, with a particular emphasis on safety on the water.

The “Explorer’s Challenge” is a successful activity quiz, incorporating elements of history, art, English and mathematics, designed for visiting school parties and developed in association with the Newcastle City Council Area Education Outreach Officer.

Visits to the House also regularly take place by Adult Education and Special Interest groups.


The opportunity to directly support Trinity House in its charitable work through your own business or private functions is provided for through our Associate Membership Scheme. By subscribing, the select and limited group of members enjoy access to preferential booking, discounts on function rates and other related privileges.


The Trinity House complex has developed and expanded over more than five hundred years on the Broad Chare site, presenting a wonderful chronological architectural attraction for visitors. To then enter and walk through the buildings is to further discover a unique and fascinating private collection of paintings, ship models, books, furniture, nautical instruments and artefacts from around the world and down through the centuries.

Guided tours are possible, but strictly by prior arrangement only.

For the security of the premises, for crime prevention and detection, and for the safety of employees and visitors, all areas of Trinity House are covered by continuous recording CCTV surveillance equipment. Operator -Trinity House. Contact – 0191 2328226


The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House is governed by a board, elected annually. As outlined in its ancient charters and modern constitution, the members of the board are the trustees of the charity.

Principal Officers 2015:

Capt S.C. Healy, FNI Master Chairman of the Board

Capt R.D. Nelson, FCIS, MNI Deputy Master Deputy Chairman

Capt A.J. Hogg House Warden

Capt K.A. Sykes Marine Director

Capt. R.C. Shipley Estates Warden

Capt. W.J.J. Green Collections Warden

Capt N. Groves Education Warden

Capt A.J. Hogg Secretary to the Board

Other Appointments:

Mrs M. Brooks Office Administrator

Mrs C. Cail Finance Administrator

Mr M. Wear Summoner

Mr G Dack Assistant Summoner / Handyman

Revd RG. Driver, RNR Honorary Chaplain

Mr F.W. Peacock, MA, FRCO Honorary Organist

Miss Louise Bainbridge Conservation & Restoration


The history of the Guild of Freemen of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House and that of the Corporation have been closely linked since the early years of the 16th century and still today, the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House is the home of the Guild. The Head Meeting is held here in early Autumn.


The BBC North East and Cumbria “Inside Out” team followed the activities of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House for much of 2008, which then formed a part of their programme broadcast on 5th November of that year. The BBC have kindly made a permanent link available to the feature. Please click here to transfer to the BBC Media Player site and watch the programme or click here to read a companion article on the BBC Tyne website. Click here to return to the top of the page.


As followers of this site and of the House activities will know, we had hopes of raising a memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood on the small plot of land adjacent to the House on the corner of Broad Chare and Dog Bank. The location is considered most appropriate, not only because Collingwood was born on the Quayside, but also because he was an Honorary Freeman of the House.

Unfortunately, our intentions corresponded with the collapse of the financial markets and we have been unable to secure the volume of funding necessary to progress the project. On the advice of the Arts Council, the project has not been cancelled, but scaled down and effectively “on hold” until the tide turns somewhat. Renewed appeals will be made later this year.

More information will follow as the project develops.

Please note that the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House is not responsible for the content or operation of external websites accessed through this site.