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!

Some Old Naturalists – A Guest Post By Brian Allen

Hello, my name is Brian Allen and I am privileged to be a volunteer in the special and unique Great North Museum: Hancock Library. Welcome to my second blog about some of the amazing books that can be found here.… Read more

The New Naturalists – A Guest Post by Brian Allen

Hello, My name is Brian Allen and I am a Volunteer at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. When you visit the Great North Museum: Hancock allow time to discover the library if you have not already done so.  It… Read more

The Art of Nature Part 3 – Illustrations of the 16th Century. A guest blog by Immy Mobley.

Hello, my name is Immy and I am researching the use of art in natural history illustration during my placement at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. The Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) has a wonderful collection of books… Read more

The Art of Nature Part 2: Edward Lear – A guest blog by Immy Mobley

Hello, my name is Immy and I am researching the use of art in natural history illustration during my placement at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. The Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) has a wonderful collection of books… Read more

The Art of Nature Part 1 – A guest blog by Immy Mobley

Lithography and the impact it had on zoological illustrations Hello, my name is Immy and I am researching the use of art in natural history illustration during my placement at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library. The Natural History Society… Read more