The Beauty of the Illustrated Book: Open Day at the Hancock Library

Date: Friday 9 September

Time: Between 11.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. (Tours at 11.00,  2.00 and 3.00)

Where: 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock

Cost: FREE!

Image courtesy of the NHSN

Image courtesy of the NHSN

The Great North Museum: Hancock Library and the Natural History Society of Northumbria are holding a free  joint Heritage Open Day Event on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock on Friday 9 September.

The Great North Museum: Hancock  Library is hosting a unique opportunity titled “The Beauty of the Illustrated Book”. On display will be a range of rare and fascinating  volumes containing lavish illustrations of the natural world and historical local scenes. Tours take place at 11.00,  2.00 and 3.00.   To book a place on any of these sessions please email

The NHSN are opening the doors to its prestigious Council Room allowing visitors to view the historic paintings and furnishings. You will also be able to see some of the Society’s fascinating archive material , including manuscripts and artworks relating to its Great Auk collections. As a rare one-off the specimens of the Society’s two Great Auks will also be on display. The Archivist of the Society will be on hand to talk to you. The event will take place between 11.00 and 15.30.  No booking is required.

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