April newsletter from the Mining Institute
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Help us picture our past!

Here's the Nicholas Wood Memorial Hall Library from not very long ago, but looking very different!  Can you help us find other images of the whole of Neville Hall, inside and out, so we can see how all the different rooms used to look?

Perhaps you used to work at the Newcastle Stock Exchange when it was based in our Oak Room?  Or possibly you attended meetings here for the National Coal Board, the British Association of Colliery Managers or even the Newcastle Law Society?

If you have any images of any part of Neville Hall, please do get in touch.  We can scan the prints and return the originals to you, along with a digital copy if you would like one as well.

The World of William Brown

Book launch - all welcome!  -  5th May

Les Turnbull's new book "The World of William Brown" will be launched on Thursday 5th May at 6.00 p.m. with a short  presentation from the author followed by book sales and signing with a drink up in the Library.  Everyone is welcome to the launch, please do bring friends and family along too.  The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in local history and is written in a very accessible style for only £15.00.

Mining Institute Development Strategy 2016-2019. Progress Report

Thursday 12th May at 17:30 p.m.

Our Development Director, Peter Stark, will be giving a presentation on progress to date with the development strategy on Thursday 12th May at 17:30, including the approach to our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The presentation in the Lecture Theatre will be followed by questions and an opportunity for informal discussion afterwards in the (pay) bar. All members are warmly invited to attend.

What the Frack is all the Fuss about?
Professor Peter Styles
Thursday 19th May 6:00 p.m.

The next lecture in our General Meetings series is from Professor Peter Styles with the controversial topic of fracking.  He asks what are the data on the environmental risks of fracking, are they more perceived than real and if they exist how should we deal with them? The talk will discuss aquifer protection, minimisation of seismicity and the energy context in which we presently operate.

As usual, the lecture is free and open to everyone.  There will be tea and coffee from 5:30 p.m. and a cash bar to follow the lecture at 7.00 p.m.  
Also following the lecture will be the President's Informal Dinner in the Library.  All are welcome to attend but pre-booking is essential via the Office on 0191 232 2201 and the cost is £12 per head.  A booking form is available here.

The Late Shows 2016
Saturday 14th May, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

The Late Shows will be everything you wouldn’t expect in a Library. Fire eaters, music, comedy, laughter and flying acrobats combine to illuminate the Mining Institute once again for The Late Shows 2016. Explore the nooks and crannies and stumble upon circus cabaret acts performed throughout the evening – catch slices of aerial and acrobatics, sideshows and walkabouts, manipulation and clowning, as well as eclectic live music from the house band. Bar will be open.  One show limit in main rooms due to demand.
Free and open to everyone, more information:
If you would like to volunteer to help at the Institute on the night, please do get in touch, we would very much appreciate it.

Music Recitals

Due to the closure of Kings Hall, this year the Mining Institute is hosting some of the "Live in Kings Hall" programme from Newcastle University.  This includes free public recitals from undergraduate music students from the 16-27th May.  The full timetable will soon be available at:

Coal Carrying Model Railways Exhibition
Saturday and Sunday 11-12th June 2016

For the first time you can see the whole of a colliery and its surrounding area in the Institute!  For this weekend only we have model railways in action in the Oak Room and the event is free and open to all.

Kepier Colliery  -  the acclaimed ‘00’ layout by John Cook
St. George’s Quay  -  ‘0’ gauge coal staith by Alan Gray
Croft Depot  -  ‘P4’ gauge Stockton & Darlington coal drops by Duncan Wilcock
Marine Park Yard  -  ‘00’ gauge Tyneside Exchange Yard created by Ian Blenkinsopp and owned by Les Paul.
Exhibition:-  North Eastern Railway High Level Coal Staiths  -  David Fraser
Screening:-  Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust Collection  -  A dip into the collection by David Dunn

Paid on Both Sides by W. H. Auden
Monday 9th May, 7:00 p.m.

W.H. Auden 1907-1973 is recognised across the world as a pre-eminent English speaking poet of the 20th century. Not so familiar is the thought that the Pennines and the Hadrian's Wall corridor was his self confessed "Mutterland". Even less well known are the performance pieces he wrote specifically based in this area.

Paid on Both Sides is a 1928 piece. It can be variously seen as a country house charade, a ripping yarn, a psychological drama or to reflect its setting a grim tale of reiving, vendetta and betrayal. All delivered with nonchalant humour and affirmatively set specifically between Rookhope and Alston.

That will occupy the second part of the performance. In the first half, the warm up act is selected individual pieces of Auden's set in our landscape. These will include love poems and material from the 1937 BBC Newcastle commission Hadrian's Wall.

Tickets are free, but a donation towards costs would be appreciated on the night, and please reserve your place by emailing giving your name(s) and intended choice of performance.
A reminder to our Members that the annual golf competition is on Friday 13th May at Newbiggin Golf Club and booking forms must be returned by Friday 6th May.  Please contact Marie in the Office for more information - visitors, friends and family are all welcome to join us.

The President's Annual Dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 7:00 p.m. (for 7.30 p.m.) on Saturday 8th October 2016. Once again we are joining with the University of Newcastle and Durham Mining Department’s Reunion Dinner.  We hope that the joining of the two communities will ensure the longevity of this enjoyable annual event.  As has happened during the last few years, there will be a presentation and reception drinks at the Mining Institute before the dinner.  Details of this will follow. Booking forms are available and these need to be returned by 31st August.

The Mining Institute Council is now meeting on Thursday 9th June (5:30 p.m.) and Thursday 29th September (5:30 p.m.) with an AGM for all Members on Thursday 20th October 2016.
Posters for all our up-coming events are available, please let us know if you would like a copy to display or if you can suggest other contacts to publicise our events.

Best wishes
Russell Benson
Hon. Secretary
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