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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.

Search our archive collection online

This collections search includes all items stored in the Great North Museum: Hancock, Laing Art Gallery, Discovery Museum and Sunderland Museum. If you would like to only search the Natural History Society of Northumbria collections then please add NEWHM to your search term.

For Natural History Society Archives – Select “Natural Sciences” in the Department drop down list and “Archive” in the Collection drop down list.  HAPPY SEARCHING!

Albany Hancock and Thomas Henry Huxley Correspondence

The Natural History Society of Northumbria's Archive contains a fascinating wealth of historical correspondence between many eminent scientists of the Victorian era

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Naturalists of the North East

The North East has a fascinating legacy of men and women, who have made a contribution to our knowledge of the natural world and our appreciation of it. Find out about them here.

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Stories & Local History

The Natural History Society is nearly 200 years old. We have lots of fascinating stories to tell, especially about The Hancock Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Gallery of Artwork

View hundreds of beautiful artworks held in our archive collection.

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Archive News

Find the latest news from our Archives here

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Visit our archive

Come and view our amazing archive collection, stored on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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In October 2014 we began a 3-year project that will significantly improve the long-term management, preservation and access to our important archive collection and will engage young people in natural history and environmental recording through our archive and its stories. This project is being funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with support from the Sir James Knott Trust. We are looking for people to help us with this work: if you would like to volunteer please click here for details.