Find out more about the museum's learned societies.
Natural History Society of Northumbria
The Natural History Society of Northumbria was founded in 1829 and is one of the largest local natural history societies in the UK. Through a busy programme of publications, events, education courses, citizen science and community outreach, it works to inspire wonder in the natural world, right across the North East.
The Society owns the Great North Museum: Hancock building and grounds and the natural history collections on display at the museum. It also manages and protects Gosforth Nature Reserve, a Special Site of Scientific Interest and place of study, enjoyment, and observation on the outskirts of Newcastle.
For more information and to join the Natural History Society of Northumbria, please visit: nhsn.org.uk
The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne is the country’s oldest provincial antiquarian society, founded in 1813. The Society has a large collection of books and artefacts, particularly focused on Hadrian's Wall but also featuring prehistoric and medieval periods. Many of these artefacts are on display in the Great North Museum: Hancock. The Society organises a variety of activities including lectures and organised walks for members and publication of the annual journal Archaeologia Aeliana.
For more information and to join the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, please visit: newcastle-antiquaries.org.uk