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!

William Chapman Hewitson – Naturalist, Author, Illustrator, Benefactor and Oologist

Over the last few months I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the fascinating authors whose works I encounter while performing my role as the librarian at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. One of the names that… Read more

Joseph Crawhall II – A Victorian Artist and Man of Many Parts

In my role as the librarian at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library I’m fortunate to regularly come across many beautiful and interesting books.  The authors and illustrators who created these volumes are often just as fascinating as the books… Read more

The Story of Elizabeth Gould – An Extraordinary Bird Woman

Last month we looked at the visit to the north of England by John James Audubon, the esteemed American wildlife naturalist and illustrator. This blog considers the work of Audubon’s contemporary, John Gould and his wife, Elizabeth. The nineteenth century… Read more

John Collingwood Bruce – A Victorian Champion of Hadrian’s Wall and more…

In my role as Librarian at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library I regularly come across the name of John Collingwood Bruce (1805 – 1892). I decided to investigate his story, which provides a fascinating tale of a Newcastle man whose life spanned the majority… Read more

John James Audubon and his Elephant visit the North of England in 1827

In the spring of 1827, an event took place in the north east of England that was a landmark in the related worlds of art and natural history. At this time the charismatic and larger than life wildlife artist and publisher John James Audubon was on a… Read more