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Our Collection

Our collection dates from the NHSN's foundation in 1829. It is the most comprehensive natural history collection in northern England.


Our library collection has more than 12,000 books, journals, and other materials related to natural history. It includes:

  • The latest field guides for birds, plants, mammals and insects from around the world.
  • Regional, national and international journals and books about ecology, zoology, botany, ornithology, entomology, geology and conservation.
  • Antique and historically valuable books.
  • Biographies of regional naturalists and the history of natural history.
  • General natural history books, with an emphasis on the North East.
  • Books for children.


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.

Learn more about the materials in our Archive.