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The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME) has been allocated £4.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with £600,000 of the allocation now available at Phase 1 to produce a fully-costed design, construction methodology, business plan, governance arrangements and to raise match funding of £2 million.

The Phase 2 delivery stage work is scheduled to begin after the close of the Great Exhibition of the North in September 2018; the building will re-open as a ‘Common Room of the Great North’ before Christmas 2019. The project will

  • fully conserve and restore the Grade 2* Listed Building, providing the highest level of contemporary services and full accessibility
  • restructure, digitise, conserve and securely house the internationally important archive and collection
  • provide for the sustainable institutional continuity of the Royal Chartered Institute and its programme, principally focused on the Region’s industrial and Engineering heritage.

The Phase 1 work, currently underway, also entails the creation of The Great North Institute which will create programme for the Common Room principally focused on the future of the region, its people and communities and the global as well as regional consequences of the industrial revolution that began – and ended – here.

The long term opening programme of the new Institute will be trialled and trailed through the programme of the Great Exhibition of the North which will occupy its Common Rooms from June to September 2018.

We are seeking to appoint new staff to support the next stage of the project’s development between June 2017 and September 2018.  Full details are available below:

Development Director 

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Programme and Activity Co-Ordinator

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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”.


For further information please contact:

Peter Stark, Development Director, on 0777 604 9843 or email or

Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: (020) 7591 6036/07973 613820 email:

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. @heritagelottery

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