Museum Closed

March 16, 2020


Conference on Amphibian and Reptile Biology and Conservation on 30th November

November 20, 2019

BNSS members may wish to know that we have been informed that there are a few tickets left for an all day Joint Scientific Meeting of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation & British Herpetological Society on SATURDAY 30th November 2019, 0930-1700 This meeting is ticketed and for non-members of the Societies running the cost is […]

Victorian Bournemouth Weekend

October 31, 2019

Victorian Bournemouth Weekend 12/13th October The BNSS presented a special ‘Victorian Bournemouth weekend’ giving an appreciation of how Bournemouth was established and grew in the Victorian era. The stage was turned into a tableau of contemporary life, with images of Victorian Bournemouth projected on to the screen and the stage filled with Victorian artefacts, from […]

Microscopy Day Exhibition 6th July

July 16, 2019

Joint Meeting of the BNSS with the Quekett Microscopical Club

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival Weekend at the BNSS

May 12, 2019

As part of the BEAF festival weekend BNSS hosted a Museum of Ecoacoustic Phenomena on the 4th and 5th of May. There was also a lecture Science and Practice of Ecoacoustics by Professor Adrian Newton on the afternoon of the 4th. Two people had made push button boxes illustrating the sounds that seabirds make, which […]

John Cresswell Obituary

March 19, 2019

Science Week

March 6, 2019

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths held from 8-17 March 2019. This year’s theme is ‘journeys’ and the BNSS has organised three special adult education lectures around this topic. Lectures are open to all, so if you’re naturally inquisitive and interested in the natural sciences, please feel free […]

[NOW ENDED]Summer Opening and Special Exhibitions at the BNSS

July 26, 2018

[NOW ENDED]Special Exhibitions in the Lecture Hall will be open 10am-4pm on the August days highlighted in colour on the calendar below. The BNSS Museum will also be open on these days: The Special Exhibitions will be in the Lecture Hall during the month of August when there will be no lectures. Entrance by donation. They […]

Exhibition of Environmental & Wildlife Paintings at Upton Country Park

June 28, 2018

One of our members, Marisa Rehana Mann, has an exhibition her work of Envrionmental and Wildlife painting at the “Gallery Upstairs” (above the Tea Rooms, with access by stairs & lift) at Upton Country Park 12th – 23rd July (10-4pm daily). There is also a talk and practical demonstrations at 3pm each day.

Talk by Prof. Matthew Bennett at Bournemouth University

June 20, 2018

One of our recent speakers Prof. Matthew Bennett (who is an expert on fossil footprints) is giving a talk at Bournemouth University about his life in research as part of the University’s “Festival of Learning” on June 20th. More information here

Extra Opening of Museum on Saturday 24th March 2018 10am-2pm

March 21, 2018

As well as our usual Tuesday openings we will be also be open on Saturday 24th March and Saturday 26th May 10am-2pm. Visitors will be able to visit our collections of Egyptology, Archaeology, Geology, Ornithology and Entomology and talk to our expert members. No charge but donations welcome.

Corrections to Published Programme Q4.

September 12, 2017

Barn Dance is on Friday 10th November 7.30 (not 17th). Tickets £6 from Steve Limburn. Young Explorers “Famous Scientists” is on Saturday November 11th at 10-12.30.  

Bournemouth MA student produces children’s book inspired by BNSS specimens

August 24, 2017

Students from Bournemouth Arts University and Bournemouth University have been increasingly visiting the society and working on projects with assistance from members. Dorine Bessière, a MA Commercial Photography student at the Arts University Bournemouth has produced a wonderful children’s book ‘My Alphabet’ with photographs of objects taken at the Society.  Each letter is illustrated with a […]

Summer Holiday Opening

July 6, 2017

SUMMER HOLIDAY OPENING 2017 This Summer BNSS will throw open our doors (10-4) to the general public on Mondays and Wednesdays, in addition to the usual Tuesdays (which we are trying to keep free for normal Society activities although visitors will always be made welcome) between 24/7 and 30/8. These summer visiting days, also listed below, are […]

Successful Open Day

May 1, 2017

Our Open Day on Saturday 8th April together with the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) was a great success. It was attended by 919 visitors of which 40% were children. DWT filled the garden with stands to do with Wildlife Gardening. Income from Sales and Refreshments were gratefully received as were donations. Volunteers manned various stands […]

Dudsbury Guide Camp working with Bournemouth Natural Science Society

January 17, 2017

In October 2016 Bournemouth Guides received £32,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project to investigate the 3000 year old hill fort called Dudsbury that their campsite is situated on at West Parley. Led by the Girlguiding members the project focuses on the historical importance of their ancient Iron Age hill fort and […]

Winner of BNSS President’s Award 2016 Announced

December 10, 2016

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is thrilled to announce the winner of its inaugural President’s Award, which was presented at the Society’s AGM on Saturday 10th December 2016. This new award has been created to recognise the individual who has contributed the most to the furtherance of science or has inspired to others to […]


April 19, 2016

A History of the BNSS Building It is appropriate that our historic collections of local artefacts, local wildlife and fossils (plus lots more!) should find home in one of Bournemouth’s historic buildings. Not only is “Bassendean” the home of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, but it is a Grade II Listed Building. These two important […]