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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.

Search our Archive collection

Our Archive collection can be searched online with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums collection search. The collection search includes items from all TWAM museums and organizations.

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.

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Albany Hancock and Thomas Henry Huxley Correspondence

The Natural History Society of Northumbria's Archive contains a fascinating wealth of historical correspondence between many eminent scientists of the Victorian era


Naturalists of the North East

The North East has a fascinating legacy of men and women who have made a contribution to our knowledge of the natural world and our appreciation of it. Find out about them here.


Stories & Local History

The Natural History Society is nearly 200 years old. We have lots of fascinating stories to tell, especially about The Hancock Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Gallery of Artwork

View hundreds of beautiful artworks held in our archive collection.


Archive News

Find the latest news from our Archives here


Visit our archive

Come and view our amazing archive collection, stored on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne.


In October 2014 we began an ambitious project to significantly improve the long-term management, preservation and access to our important archive collection. As part of our project we engaged over 350 primary school children and young people in natural history and environmental recording through our archive and its stories.

Funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Sir James Knott Trust this project reached its successful conclusion on April 2018.