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Press Release | Common Room of the Great North Contract Win for Sarah Hall Consulting

liz-mayes-left-and-sarah-hallThe Common Room of the Great North, a new charity set up to oversee the redevelopment of the Mining Institute in Newcastle, has appointed Sarah Hall Consulting to develop its marketing and communications strategy and operational plan.

The work is designed to help The Common Room’s team engage with members of the public and stakeholders during its extensive refurbishment.

The project has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and been awarded £600,000 of development funding to progress the plans and apply for a full National Lottery grant of £4.7m at a later date. The project will conserve the Grade 2* listed building, Neville Hall in Newcastle, and make it fully accessible; securely house its archive and collections which have global significance; and create The Common Room which will look at the consequences of the industrial revolution and what the future holds.

Developing a communications plan around an ‘On the road’ programme around the region while the works are underway and showcasing the opportunities around the future use of the building will form a key part of the outsourced consultancy work.

Director of the Common Room of the Great North Liz Mayes said: “The work with Sarah Hall Consulting will enable us to engage with our stakeholders while the refurbishment is carried out, ensure that our On the Road Programme of activity is successful and reopen with a bang.

“The team have a proven track record of experience in this area and we’re looking forward to working with them to make it all happen.”

Sarah Hall Consulting’s managing director Sarah Hall said: “The Mining Institute is a building of international significance and underlines the North East’s leading role in the industrial revolution. It’s a privilege to work with the team to promote what it stands for and help make it sustainable for the future.

“This is the kind of legacy project you dream of getting and look forward to telling your grandkids about. We can’t wait to get started.”

For more information, please visit www.mininginstitute.org.uk.

Media contact:
Sarah Hall on 07702 162 704 / sarah@sarahhallconsulting.co.uk.

Notes for editors:

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.
*Heritage Grants (HG) applications are assessed in two rounds. The project to redevelop the Mining Institute has initially been granted round one development funding of £600,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £4.7m.

 

Press Release | North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers Secures National Lottery Support


The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, located in Neville Hall in the heart of Newcastle, has secured Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support* of £4.7m, including development funding of £600,000.

The overall aim of the project is to secure a sustainable future for the Institute, building on a remarkable heritage over a 165-year period and giving it a new role for the 21st Century. The project involves:

  • Restoration of the exterior of the magnificent Grade II* Listed Neville Hall, including the return of ornamental features highlighting its origins as a Regional Institute, along with the renovation of illustrious interior rooms, including the Romano-Gothic Wood Memorial Hall and Edwardian Lecture Theatre;
  • Preservation and celebration of the Institute’s unique industrial and engineering heritage and the genius of the early pioneers and entrepreneurs whose skill, knowledge and invention were exported around the world;
  • Digitisation of a unique archive creating online access for research into one of the most important collections in the world for the study of the birth of the Industrial Revolution;
  • Exploration and development of a programme aimed at ensuring that our past and present industrial strengths are better understood by the people and communities of the North, as well as promotion of engineering careers and apprenticeships;
  • Securing a future role for the Institute in providing exceptional meeting spaces for the Region and promoting – in the building and online – a programme of debates, conferences, seminars and events that contribute to the economic, social, environmental and cultural life of the region.

The Institute’s vision and commitment to identify new opportunities to support economic growth, through working with partners across the public and private sectors, are pivotal to its development plans. The Reece Foundation has given a powerful signal of support for the Institute with an award of £100,000.

Commenting on the news of HLF’s support, Catherine Miller, President of the Institute, said: “This is a momentous day and is a major milestone in securing a future for a Great North Institute. We are delighted that HLF is investing in our mission to celebrate an esteemed industrial heritage and our vision for current and future generations”.

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said: “Lying in the heart of Newcastle, this new resource will bring fresh life and energy to the legacy of the North East’s industrial and engineering heritage. Plans to restore the existing Institute and to create a Common Room for the Region with a programme to illustrate this far-reaching story are already well developed. We look forward to working closely with the Institute over the coming months”.

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For further information please contact:

Peter Stark, Development Director, on 0777 604 9843 or email peterstark2@btinternet.com or

Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: (020) 7591 6036/07973 613820 email: Katieo@hlf.org.uk

Note to Editors

* Heritage Grants (HG) applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1852 and granted a Royal Charter in 1876. What is distinctive about the Mining Institute is the breadth and quality of the collections in the Library and archive and the historical and architectural significance of Neville Hall, a Grade II* Listed Building dating from 1872. The building was conceived as a resource for the whole of the Great Northern Coalfield – and for mining engineering globally – and includes the Romano-Gothic Wood Memorial Hall and an Edwardian Lecture Theatre.

Vision Statement: The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, founded to address the safe and effective exploitation of the natural resources of the North East, will create as a legacy a new Institute dedicated to exploring the future of that Region, its people and the distinctive contribution it could make to the global as well as regional consequences of the Industrial Revolution that began – and ended – here.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery

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