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What We Do

Established in 1829, the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) is one of the oldest natural history societies in the country.

Making bird boxes at an NHSN family workshop

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:

  • The encouragement by every means of the study of natural history in all its branches
  • The protection of the local flora and fauna
  • The maintenance and extension of the Society’s library and collections
  • The publication of ‘Transactions’ and other scientific papers
  • The organisation of lectures, discussions and field meetings and co-operation with other scientific societies or associations with similar objectives
  • The Society shall also encourage the establishment of sections for the purpose of studying botany, geology and zoology and such other subjects as may from time to time be approved by the Council of the Society.

Registered charity number: 526770