Finding NoDDHN
DescriptionIncorporating records of Hull Field Naturalists' Society and Hull Scientific Society.
Includes minutes 1880-1972, rules 1970, registers of members 1894-1960s, syllabi 1887-1985, transactions of Society 1898-1918, newsletters 1947-1977, published field studies 1968-1973, field work note books c.1877-late 19th century, files 1886-1980, folder relating to centenary year 1980, photographs c.1905-c.1912
AdminHistoryThe Hull Field Naturalists' Society was formed at a meeting in the rooms of the Hull Literary Club in May 1880 for the study of natural history. The Hull Scientific Club was formed in Nov 1886. Following a special general meeting on 28 Aug 1895 the two societies amalgamated to become the Hull Scientific and Field Naturalists' Society. Women were accepted for membership from 1900. The Hull Junior Field Naturalists' Society was founded in 1904 and was re-named the Hull Society of Natural Science c.1911. A Hull Boys' Natural History Club was founded in 1920.

At a meeting of 7 Oct 1970 the society changed its name from Hull Scientific and Field Naturalists Club to Hull Natural History Society. The society celebrated its centenary in 1980 with a full programme of lectures, field meetings and an exhibition. The Society was an associate member of the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union and notices of meetings of this society have been pasted into minute books.

The Society was active in the collection and identification of natural history specimens taken at field meetings all over the East Riding. During winter months meetings were held indoors with wide-ranging talks covering not only natural history, but also geology, archaeology and microscopy. In the latter half of the 20th century the emphasis of the society shifted to the systematic observation and recording of the flora and fauna of the area, as part of a national survey.
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