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Dr Les Jessop

Chair of the Library Committee

Les is Honorary Librarian and Chairman of the Library Committee.

His interests include entomology; the history of natural history, especially in North East England; museum collections and collectors.

Now retired, Les was formerly:

  • an entomologist at the Natural History Museum
  • Keeper of Biology, Tyne and Wear Museums.

“I knew the Hancock Museum in the 1970s, and when I was Keeper of Biology I came to appreciate the
importance of the society’s collections and the achievements of its members since 1929. I see my role as
protecting the historic collections, and enhancing the library with new books and journals that are useful
and relevant to people with enquiring minds”