In 2006, The James Kirkup Collection was established in his birthplace of South Shields, United Kingdom. The Collection is stored in two locations in the town. The artefacts are held in the Museum on Ocean Road and the literature and related papers are kept in the Local Studies Section of the Central Library in Prince Georg Square. For more details please see the ‘contact us’ page.

Many of the items in the Collection were donated to the town by James Kirkup during his life, including personal items from Kirkup’s life in Japan. After James died, his heir, Makoto Tamaki, generously donated all James’s books and unpublished manuscripts from his home in Andorra to be added to The Collection in South Shields. Details of these items are given under 'The Collection'. The listings will occasionally be updated, when new items are added to The Collection.