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The Society owns a world class, award winning museum, an internationally important collection of half a million specimens and artifacts, a library with 12,000 natural history books and an archive of 16,000 artworks, photographs, letters and other autograph material relating to the North East.

Our nature reserve is nationally important and is home to rare birds, plants, mammals and insects. Through our members and partners we have access to local, national and international experts in the natural sciences.

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

One of the best wildlife watching sites in Newcastle and Tyne & Wear, this private nature reserve is important for its rare fauna and flora.

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Archive

Our archive has over 16,000 amazing artworks, photographs, letters, diaries, notebooks and other autograph material. These items and their stories are inspiration for writers, artists, naturalists, scientists and researchers studying natural history, local social history, and the history of art in the North East.

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Library

Our specialist natural history library in the Great North Museum: Hancock holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals. You can search our library catalogue or make a visit.

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Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum in Newcastle, is the only natural history museum in the north of England and following a £26 million redevelopment is one of the region’s top tourist attractions and must-see venues, with nearly 1/2 million visits a year.

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Hancock Museum Collection

People have been donating animal, plant and mineral specimens and ethnographic material to the Society for 200 years with the result that we now have an internationally important and fascinating collection of half a million items. This includes dinosaur fossils, the bones, skins or preserved specimens of birds, mammals, and invertebrates, plants, minerals, Egyptian mummies and ethnographic items from around the world.

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Room Hire Newcastle

Are you looking for a well-equipped, high quality venue for a meeting or workshop? Our prestigious Council Room is available for hire.

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Natural history specialists

Through our members and partners we have access to a wide range of local, national and international experts in the natural sciences. If you are carrying out research or are looking for an expert opinion then we can probably help or point you in the right direction.

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