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Celebrating 2017 in True Society Fashion

4th April 2018

Full house for our AGM © NHSN

The NHSN has a long history of bringing people together for Society socialising, and there was a fantastic buzz in the air when 95 naturalists assembled for our Annual General Meeting on
23 March.

We celebrated a successful year with attendees, sharing some great feedback from our different sections regarding education courses and activities, outreach, and the hard work of all our much-valued volunteers. All of our trustees up for re-election were elected without objection. Our chair, Jonathan Hewitt, expressed warm thanks to trustees Steve Lowe, Stella Chambers and Jim Edwardson, who have resigned after committing many years of hard work to the Society’s Council.

We heard about ongoing conservation work to improve biodiversity at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Our archive and library have been kept busy with ongoing work and donations, and we look forward to rounding off our HLF-funded Archive Project as a great success in the coming month. We were also able to share our most recent and exciting piece of news, that we have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for our project ‘Towards 2029’, which you can read more about here.

Jonathan Hewitt said,

‘the Great North Museum:Hancock continues to be the home of NHSN and it was wonderful to see so many supporters coming together to celebrate our achievements of 2017 and to hear of our exciting plans for 2018.  We are looking forward to our HLF funded Towards 2029 project, putting on an exhibition of female scientists in the library linked to the Great Exhibition of the North and continuing to support all our educational activities.’

The meeting was followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise and visit the library, where Honorary Librarian Les Jessop and Archivist June Holmes had some of our collection treasures out on display.

Honorary Librarian Les Jessop talks about collection © NHSN

Archive treasures including Bewick’s sock © NHSN