Established in 1829, the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) is one of the oldest natural history societies in the country.
We own the Great North Museum: Hancock and its many varied collections. These are leased to the University of Newcastle on whose behalf they are managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
The Society manages Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as maintaining the best natural history library in the region and an important archive. We also focus on encouraging and supporting the study and enjoyment of the natural world, providing lectures, field outings and education courses on a wide range of topics.
We publish scientific papers and an annual report on the wildlife of the Farne Islands. We are also involved in campaigning for wildlife and carrying out nature conservation and research.
Most of the Society’s work is undertaken on a voluntary basis by our members.
The Society was registered as a UK charity in 1963 and our charitable objectives include:
Registered charity number: 526770