The Common Room - General Admission

The Common Room - General Admission

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Explore The Common Room's historic building and heritage and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) exhibitions and installations

About this event

The Common Room, formerly known to many as The Mining Institute, is a Grade II* listed building home to the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. The Common Room showcases exhibitions, special events and activities relating to the building's and the region's industrial past, present and future. Our dynamic heritage and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) inspired exhibitions and installations are open to all.

Our general admission tickets are available on select dates each month, for those who would like to explore our building, and any current exhibitions we have running (listed below). Our special events, activities and performances must be booked seperately; a full list of what's on and where to book can be found at

General admission tickets are currently released on a monthly basis. If the month you would like to book for is currently unavailable, please check again at a later date.

Spring 2022 installations:

Metro Memories Exhibition (19 April - 7 May)

The Common Room is proud to present, in collaboration with Nexus and the Oral History Unit and Collective at Newcastle University, The Metro Memories Exhibition.

Here we explore what the Tyne and Wear Metro means to the people and the history of our region, featuring photographs, films and interviews with key decision-makers including politicians and Director Generals, engineers, designers and retired staff. The exhibition also features various models of Metro trains - from a 12ft knitted metro, to a time-spanning Meccano model! You can also discover our kids' corner - complete with dress-up and craft activities.

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.

The Mineral Wealth of the North

The North was built on mining and minerals. We have a remarkable geology that has given us a wide range of highly valuable products. Coal is the cornerstone of The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, and indeed, the UK itself - but many other materials have been and continue to be mined in the North. This installation showcases all of these ores, minerals and materials mined in Northern England, which make up "The Mineral Wealth of the North".

Booking information

Each person attending, including adults accompanying children, must have their own ticket.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to make a small donation to support the charitable work of The Common Room, it would be hugely appreciated.

Additional information

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

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

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

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

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