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The Hancock Museum and the Second World War

Find out how the Hancock Museum and its collections were protected during the Second World War.

The NHSN has been researching the impact of the Second World War on the museum and society. Below are a series of articles, looking at different aspects of how the war affected the museum and the different collections that were rehoused during the conflict.

The Impact of the Second World War on the Hancock Musem

WW2 destabalised the museum and society which were already fragile in the aftermath of WW1.


The Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel, running under the grounds of the Hancock Museum, was used as an air raid shelter during WW2.


Tom Russell Goddard

T Russell Goddard (1889-1948) was employed as the Hancock Museum Curator from 1923 until his death in 1948.


Thomas Bewick's drawings

The Society holds an important collection of Thomas Bewick's preparatory studies, many of which were moved into storage during WW2


William Watson-Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong (1863-1941)

William Watson-Armstrong (1863-1941), 1st Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside in the County of Northumberland was elected President of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne from […]


The Caretaker's Lodge at the Hancock Museum

The caretaker’s lodge, at the rear of the Hancock Museum on Claremont road, where Mr A E Bennett and his wife lived. It is shown here on the left of […]


Gilnochie Tower

The Gilnockie Tower at Cragside in Rothbury, Northumberland, the home of Baron William-Watson Armstrong (1863-1941), where most of the evacuated collections were stored during World War 2.   Photograph of […]