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The Common Room

Westgate Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Explore our key heritage and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) exhibitions at The Common Room!

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General admission tickets are free but booking is required. A morning or afternoon general admission ticket provides access to all of our exhibitions, but please note this ticket does not include access to our workshops, lectures and performances. If you wish to book on to these, please visit our website In line with our Covid Safety Statement, if you intend to visit as part of a group, please ensure one person in your party books all tickets. Visitors may need to queue at various points in the building to ensure social distance can be maintained in exhibitions, workshops and events.

If tickets are not available for the month you would like to visit, please check back later as tickets are added on a monthly basis.

Join us here at The Common Room for our Opening Festival! Situated around our beautiful heritage building are fascinating exhibitions and displays such as:

'Digging Deep: Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage & The North East' exhibition (25 September - 1 November only)

Digging Deep reveals personal narratives, memories and creative representations of former coal miners of Black/African-Caribbean heritage and other diverse groups within UK mining history, including the North East.

Neville Hall Brick By Brick LEGO Model

A scale model of our own historic building of over 30,000 LEGO bricks designed and made by Steve Mayes of 'Brick This' showcasing the incredible High Victorian Gothic architecture of Neville Hall.

Nexus Knitted Metro Model

A wooly version of one of Tyne and Wear’s most iconic engineering feats can be found at The Common Room from Thursday 26th August until the end of November! 30 knitters from Whitley Bay Big Local’s Knit and Natter Group worked with Nexus during lockdown to create the 12ft knitted Metro carriage, to celebrate four decades of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Mineral and Ores Display (coming soon)

Mining and mineral extraction have been at the heart of the economy of the North since time immemorial. We are blessed with remarkable geology which provides the region with an unusually wide range of economically valuable products. This display showcases many of these that have contributed to "The Wealth of the North."

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Location: The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE

Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.

General admission tickets are available on select dates throughout The Opening Festival and are released on a monthly basis. If the month you would like to book for is currently unavailable, please check again at a later date.

Our building is fully accessible - if you have any queries about accessibility, please contact

In line with updated government advice, all visitors over the age of 16 will be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details on arrival at The Common Room. Smartphone users can download the NHS COVID-19 app before arrival.

The Common Room is taking a number of precautions to mitigate the risk to the public regarding COVID-19. Visitors will be required to wear a face-covering (unless they have a medical exemption) and to practice social distancing. For further information on our COVID-19 protocol please visit our home page:

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The Common Room, formerly known to most as The Mining Institute, is a new charity formed to take forward the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle.


Our vision is to use our unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through education and engagement activities, we will support the region’s future economic growth and provide a range of public spaces for innovation, collaboration, events, lectures, weddings and more.


The Common Room is a celebration of Graft and Glory: telling the stories of the North East that changed the world, then and now.

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