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 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

Ebola and Plague in Newcastle in 1636

We’ve all become aware of the recent awful effects of the Ebola virus in West Africa and its impact on the people of that area.  A range of responses have been put in place to try and help those affected and… Read more

the name’s Bond…. James Bond

On the morning of 17 February 1952 Ian Fleming started writing what would become his first book “Casino Royale” at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. Fleming took the name for his character from that of the American ornithologist,  James Bond… Read more

First World War – Viscount Grey and the Natural History Society of Northumbria

Elizabeth Garnett  – a Volunteer in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library has been investigating the fascinating link between the Natural History Society of Northumbria and a key figure in the First World War, Viscount Grey. “The lamps are going… Read more