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What We Do

NHSN owns a world-class museum, an internationally important collection of half a million unique specimens and artefacts, a library with 12,000 natural history books and an archive of 16,000 artworks, photographs, letters and other autograph material relating to the North East. Our nature reserve provides a nationally important and home to myriad rare birds, plants and mammals.

Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Nature Reserve is open for members to enjoy. Please read the information below prior to visiting to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.



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.



Our specialist natural history library holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals, acquired since the NHSN's foundation in 1829.


Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum is the only natural history museum in the north east of England and following a £26 million redevelopment is one of the region’s top tourist attractions and must-see venues, with nearly 1/2 million visits a year.


Hancock Museum Collection

People have been donating animal, plant and mineral specimens and ethnographic material to the Society for 200 years with the result that we now have an internationally important and fascinating collection of half a million items. This includes dinosaur fossils, the bones, skins or preserved specimens of birds, mammals, and invertebrates, plants, minerals, Egyptian mummies and ethnographic items from around the world.


Natural History Talks

On Friday evenings from October to March, we invite experts in the natural world to give inspiring lectures on a broad range of topics.


Room Hire in Newcastle

Are you looking for a well-equipped, high quality venue for a meeting or workshop? Our prestigious Council Room is available for hire.


Natural History Specialists

Through our members and partners we have access to a wide range of local, national and international experts in the natural sciences. If you are carrying out research or are looking for an expert opinion then we can probably help or point you in the right direction.