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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.

The Beluga Whale at North Shields Fish Quay, June 10 1903. NHSN Archives

The First World War

The Natural History Society of Northumbria has been researching its connections to the First World War. Many of our members served at the front during the conflict, and we have compiled their stories.


The Hancock Museum and the Second World War

Find out how the Hancock Museum and its collections were protected during the Second World War.


Sparkie Williams the famous talking Budgerigar

Heart warming story of a famous North East budgerigar and his owner Mrs Mattie Williams.


History of the Natural History Society of Northumbria

Time-line of some of the notable events in our 200-year history.


The South Shields White Whale

The first recorded specimen of a Beluga or White Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) for the East Coast, south of the Firth of Forth was recorded on the 10th June 1903.


A day to remember

Newcastle celebrates the opening of a new museum of natural history in 1889.