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Heritage Open Day

Indoor Event, 10am – 3pm

The Society will be opening the doors of its prestigious Council Room in the Great North Museum:Hancock for the annual Heritage Open Day events taking place all over the country.

Visitors will be given a rare opportunity to see inside this normally private room and view the historic furnishings and paintings which include portraits of Thomas Bewick and John Hancock.

On display will be some of the Society’s fascinating rarer books including John Gerarde’s The Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes of 1636 and Bewick’s own copy of Thomas Moffett’s Insectorum sive Minimorum Animalium Theatrum (Theatre of Insects), 1634.

There will also be an opportunity for the fans of the North East’s famous talking budgerigar ‘Sparkie Williams’ to view some of his memorabilia and to listen to him talking.

The Society’s Archivist, June Holmes, will be available to answer questions.

Venue: Council Room, Second Floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge NE2 4PT