Natural History Archive
Your support helps us to preserve and celebrate the social history of natural history in the North East.
The history of natural history in the North East
NHSN was founded in 1829 to promote the study of natural history, and to provide opportunities for research and education.
Our natural history archive, housed within the Great North Museum: Hancock, is home to thousands of documents, artworks and photographs. It is considered to be a significant regional resource for the study of local social history, the history of art in the North East, and the study of natural history across the region.
Our archive collections
Collected over almost two centuries, NHSN’s archive brings together the work, research, and personal stories of a long line of North East naturalists.
The items contained within and the stories they hold provide inspiration for writers, artists, naturalists, scientists, and researchers.
These collections and archives can be used as a rich source of evidence to explore the nature of collection-building in the 18th and 19th centuries and to develop biographical accounts of collectors, artists and illustrators.
Search our collections
To limit your search to NHSN collections, add ‘NEWHM’ to your list of keywords. To search the NHSN Archive collection, select ‘Natural Sciences’ from the Department list and select ‘Archive’ from the collection list.