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HLF Hurrah for NHSN

2nd March 2018

NHSN Celebrates HLF Grant

We are delighted to announce that the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) has received a £50K National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Starting in April 2018, we will begin an 18-month project titled ‘Towards 2029’, to expand on our current work and improve opportunities for people to experience and enjoy the natural world across North East England. Read our official press release written by Tony Henderson in The Chronicle here.

We are already working on some exciting ideas to welcome a variety of audiences beyond the thousands of adults and school children that already visit us each year, and which will benefit our trustees, volunteers, staff and supporters. Improvements will include better access to our popular events and courses, better access to our website, and plans to further protect and preserve the wonderful Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.

Jonathan Hewitt, Chair of NHSN, said:

‘We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players. We are confident the project will help us to give even more people the opportunity to be inspired by nature. All these improvements will lead up to NHSN 200th birthday in 2029.’

Director Clare Freeman shares Jonathan’s enthusiasm:

‘I am really excited about working with local volunteers, NHSN members, trustees and partners to develop this fabulous organisation. We are really looking forward to combining our rich history with the modern opportunities that digital technology brings to enable even more people to enjoy their local natural history.’

To help us deliver the project, we are appointing a part-time Communications Officer and part-time Administrative Assistant. Please click here to download recruitment packs. Deadline for applications is Sunday 18 March 2018. There will also be volunteering opportunities promoted as the project progresses, and these will be advertised on our website.

We are also seeking two expert advisers, one in heritage marketing, and one in finance, governance and strategy (contract value £ 5k – £6.5k). If you are interested in this work, please email Clare Freeman for the brief at

We are very excited to get going with the project, and will keep you up-to-date with developments on the website and through our Facebook and Twitter.