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!

The wildlife illustrations of Edward Lear

Nowadays nearly all of us own a camera. They are often built in to our mobile phones. We can take photos of whatever we want, whenever we want. It is the age of the ‘selfie’, national photographic competitions such as… Read more

Hidden Treasures : William Turner’s “A New Herball”

One of the band of Volunteers who are based in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library is Elizabeth Garnett who is undertaking an MA in Museum Studies at Newcastle University. Elizabeth lives in Morpeth and has been investigating one of that… Read more

Star of the show

A book from the Great North Museum: Hancock Library is going to be the star of an exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds this year. The book which is part of the Library of the Natural History Society of Northumbria… Read more

Update on the work at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library

Work is well underway at the Library to install equipment that will improve the conditions in which the old and rare books and archives in the collection are stored. The first stage in this work was to remove a large… Read more

New Books at the Great North Museum:Hancock Library

One of the pleasures of working as the Librarian in the Great North Museum:Hancock Library is that you get to look at all of the wonderful new books that are added to stock. Ann Spencer, one of the new Library… Read more