Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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John Hancock

Aug

18

Exclusive Tour of Hancock Collections

18th Aug 2014
11am-12pm at the Discovery Museum

As part of Hancock Week at the Great North Museum join Museum Curator, Dan Gordon, to take a behind the scenes look at the amazing collection of items prepared and donated by one of the Museums’ founders, John Hancock. This will include some of his most famous works of taxidermy. These items are not on public display so this is a unique opportunity to see and learn about this important and fascinating collection. The tour takes place in our stores, held in the basement of the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square in Newcastle.

Free but booking is essential at info@greatnorthmuseum.org.uk or 0191 222 5121
John Hancock oil painting by FH Michael

Aug

20

John Hancock - A man of many talents

20th Aug 2014
Great North Museum: Hancock, 6.30-7.30pm.

The Hancock Museum was named after John and Albany Hancock in recognition of their efforts to create the museum and their work as naturalists and taxidermists. John Hancock was a man of many talents and amongst other things he was a landscape designer, artist and falconer. To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Hancock Museum, James Littlewood (Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria), will give an illustrated talk about John's life and his many achievements.

Entrance will be towards the rear of the building via the side-doors.
John Hancock

Aug

22

Exclusive Tour of Hancock Collections

22nd Aug 2014
11am-12pm at the Discovery Museum

As part of Hancock Week at the Great North Museum join Museum Curator, Dan Gordon, to take a behind the scenes look at the amazing collection of items prepared and donated by one of the Museums’ founders, John Hancock. This will include some of his most famous works of taxidermy. These items are not on public display so this is a unique opportunity to see and learn about this important and fascinating collection. The tour takes place in our stores, held in the basement of the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square in Newcastle.

Free but booking is essential at info@greatnorthmuseum.org.uk or 0191 222 5121
Natural History Society Archives

Sep

12

Society Archives Heritage Open Day, Newcastle

12th Sep 2014
Friday 12 September, 11am-3pm.

We will be opening the doors of our prestigious Council Room in the Great North Museum: Hancock as part of the national Heritage Open Day weekend. We will be displaying some of our best archive material, including rare woodblocks by Thomas Bewick. Visitors can also see the historic furnishings and paintings in the room and talk with the Society’s Honorary Archivist, June Holmes.
Volunteers managing the reedbed

Sep

27

Volunteer Work Party

27th Sep 2014
Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Meet at the entrance.
10am-1pm.

Come along and give us a hand to improve habitats for wildlife. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and suitable footwear (we recommend wellies), also bring with you any drinks or snacks to keep you going. Everyone is welcome, including friends and family, as long as you are able to carry out light physical work. If you have gardening gloves please bring them with you. We will go ahead in rain.

About Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

Indoor Events

From October to March the Society invites regional and national experts in the natural world to give inspiring lectures to our members and the wider public.

Lectures are usually held every Friday evening, starting at 7pm, in the learning suite on the ground floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. The museum is closed to the public at this time, so entry is via both side entrances.

Entry is from 6.20pm and tea, coffee and biscuits are available and the opportunity to socialise. Speakers give an illustrated presentation for 45mins-1 hour and then open the floor for questions and discussions.

On site parking is limited to blue badge holders only. There is a car park nearby on Claremont Road. The Museum is a 300m walk from Haymarket Metro and bus stations. For directions click here.

Non-members are very welcome to attend but we ask that they kindly make a donation on the night to support these lectures.


Outdoor Events

Throughout the year local experts lead field meetings to explore the natural world and magical landscapes of Northern England.

Outdoor events are free to members and their families. Some trips require us to hire boats or pay entrance fees and details of these costs are included in the information about the event.

For most events you can just turn up at the meeting place but some events must be booked in advance in order to manage numbers and this is stated in the information. You must make your own way to the meeting point. Please arrive early so that the event can start on time. Some activities last all day so you may need to take a drink and packed lunch with you.

In order to visit the best places our trips take place in natural landscapes that can be unpredictable. It is essential that you wear, or take with you, appropriate clothing and accessories to cope with heat, cold, wet, wind, biting insects and to walk on uneven, slippery or wet surfaces. Before you join any of our outdoor events it is essential that you read our Guidance.

Some events are run in partnership with other organisations or groups but otherwise our outdoor events are exclusively for Society members. If you are not a member and would like to attend an outdoor meeting then this can be arranged by contacting the Society office in advance and making a donation.