September News and Events from the Mining Institute
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Heritage Open Days: 8th-11th September

This year we're open all four days for Heritage Open Days this week offering tours on the hour 10:00 -4:00 p.m. of all the spaces right up to the Arbitration Room on the top floor.  It's the perfect time to tell your friends who have never been inside Neville Hall to come down and see the building and hear about the collections. 
We are also launching a new exhibition on the Safety Lamp controversy on the ground floor and the Agricola exhibition on loan from the National Coal Mining Museum for England is on display on the first floor along with a model real steam railway layout.
Many places throughout Tyne and Wear are opening their doors for the weekend; see the special Tyne and Wear HODs Portal for full listings.
The first lecture in the new season of Mining Institute lectures is on Thursday 15th September with Garry O'Hagan talking about "The Spanish Connection".

The paper reveals a little known mining connection between the North East of England and Northern Spain. In the late 1860s large deposits of high grade iron ore were discovered in the Bilbao region of Spain. These deposits soon gained the attention of the Iron Masters of the day including the now defunct Consett Iron Company.

Describing the exploitation of the iron deposits, the paper covers the development of the mines, the building of railways, aerial ropeways, harbour works and the transportation of the iron ore to their works in company owned ships. Although primarily of a historical nature, the paper includes technical aspects of the mining venture including some of the problems they encountered and their resolution.

The author hailing from a mining background gained his experience both in this country and overseas. Educated at both Durham College and the Rutherford Institute of Technology in Newcastle where he gained his engineering qualifications. Overseas sojourns resulted in stints in Central Africa, Sierra Leone and Indonesia. Recently retired from an Australian mining engineering services company where he held various positions including Project Manager and Construction Manager he now resides with his family in Perth, Western Australia.

The full Mining Institute lecture programme is now available on our website and the traditional programme card will be available after the AGM in October.

Who's Geordie? by Sue Hurst
Saturday 8th October, 5:30pm

Why not join Members of the Institute and the Newcastle Mining Society for the pre-dinner lecture on Saturday 8th with City Guide, Sue Hurst.  Sue will be talking about her "Who's Geordie" project tracking famous Geordies across the world.
Free, all welcome, no prebooking necessary

Heritage Lottery Fund

Our Phase One Heritage Grant “Development” application was submitted on the 4th of August with a decision expected in mid to late November.
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