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  • There is currently a chance to see the Society’s book from Queen Charlotte’s library – the celebrated Obotriten Worshipwith its cover finished in pale turquoise silk. It is the oldest book in an exhibition of decorated book covers curated by Dr Les Jessop, the Hon Librarian for the Natural History Society of Northumbria. There are some other wonderful book bindings on display - from the NHSN's collection. As it is there to display its cover the book is not open.
  • Congratulations to our member John Poulter on being elected as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a (slightly) more prestigious body than our own. John is a retired systems analyst who has made an important contribution to understanding the planning of Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall, publishing journal articles on the topic, writing two British Archaeological Reports, and speaking at the Arbeia Conference among other places.
  • Our member Jennifer DuCane has most generously donated Carrawburgh Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall to the nation. The fort had been cared for by her and her family since 1950, but, she says, "it has been a great privilege, but also a serious responsibility, to own Carrawburgh Roman Fort. The time has come to pass on this amazing site as a gift to the nation." Follow this link for Historic England's press release, and this one for a note by David Breeze and Lindsay Allason-Jones on the excavation and the stones found at Carrawburgh.
  • On 27 November last year we bid successfully at auction for the 1813 membership certificate of Bridget Atkinson, the Society's first woman member, along with a number of other papers that probably came from our secretary Robert Blair. Many thanks to Les Jessop, of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, for alerting us to the item in the auction catalogue. A small group of transcribers has been assembled, and in due course digitised photos, and transcripts, will appear on our website.

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For biographical details of many our deceased members, going back to the earliest history of the Society, follow this link for the SANT Biographical Directory. This document was first put together, with considerable research, by Barbara Harbottle, and is being kept up to date now by Sue Ward. Any comments, additional material, and references (in print or on the web) will be gratefully received by her.




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