The Natural History Society of Northumbria has researched its history during the period of the First World War. Many of our members served at the front throughout the conflict, and we have compiled some of their remarkable and often poignant stories.
The years 2014-2018 mark the centenary of the First World War. To commemorate the contribution our members made to the war effort the Natural History Society of Northumbria has researched and recorded the stories of some of the men and women who were involved in the conflict.
This page commemorates individuals lost during the war, and others who, with great stoicism, carried on to contribute to the study of natural history in the North East.
The impact of the First World War on the Hancock Museum and the Natural History Society was particularly significant, overshadowing the pursuit of natural history and financially destabilising the museum. However, despite the challenges presented by the World War I, and later World War II, both the museum, now called the Great North Museum: Hancock and the Natural History Society, have recovered and are successful in their own rights.