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Newcastle upon Tyne (also known as Newcastle) is one of the largest cities in England located in Tyne and Wear. Situated North of the River Tyne it used to be known as the county town of Northumberland. There are many sites to see in the city of Newcastle such as the Tyne Bridge, the Discovery Museum and St James Park the famous football ground.
Running along both sides of the River Tyne is the Metro that connects Newcastle with various historic attractions and the sandy beaches at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. The beaches there are no comparison to the quality of the beaches up the Northumberland coast if you head a little further north.
The city of Newcastle is split into a few distinct areas that are all a short walk from each other. Cathedral and Castle occupy the heights that are immediately above the River Tyne, the quaysides now form one of the biggest attractions in the entire city.
Established in 1829, the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) is one of the oldest natural history societies in the country.
The NHSN own the Great North Museum: Hancock and its many varied collections. These are leased to the University of Newcastle on whose behalf they are managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
The Society manages Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as maintaining the best natural history library in the region and an important archive. They also focus on encouraging and supporting the study and enjoyment of the natural world, providing lectures, field outings and education courses on a wide range of topics.
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