All posts by Ian Bower

About Ian Bower

Assistant Keeper (Library)

I took over as the new librarian at the Great North Museum Library in December 2012. I manage the three collections that make up the library. These belong to the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries, Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Newcastle University School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Anyone can use the library for reference.

I’m a great fan of reading, especially crime novels. I share an allotment that I try to keep clear of weeds. I also enjoy walking, folk roots music and world cinema, though not necessarily at the same time.

I hope to see you in the library soon!

On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin and the Natural History Society of Northumbria. A Guest Post by Rebekka Noonan

My name is Rebekka Noonan and I am a Psychology student at Newcastle University. During my time as a volunteer in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library, I have discovered the fascinating links between Charles Darwin and the Natural History Society… Read more

The charming 19th Century tale of Miss Abbs and Peter the Hedgehog – A guest post by Helen Chester

My name is Helen Chester and I am a Library Volunteer at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library.  The Library contains the collection of the Natural History Society of Northumbria which is full of fascinating books on wildlife.  I came… Read more

John Franklin – The mystery of the Polar explorer

My name is Emily Needle and I am a 3rd year History student at Newcastle University. I’m on a Placement in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library and this is my second Blog Post.  I have been researching the famous… Read more

The Great Flood of November 1771 – guest post by Emily Needle

My name is Emily Needle. I am a 3rd year History student at Newcastle University on a work placement at the Great North Museum Hancock: Library.  I am fortunate to be able to look at and read some wonderful old… Read more

William Hutton – The first man to walk Hadrian’s Wall?

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail has become a hugely popular route for walkers who want to experience this unique historical feature while also taking on board plenty of exercise and Northumbrian fresh air. The Trail was first opened in… Read more