News from the Mining Institute - June 2016
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Visitors carried away by Model Railways!

We never expected to see a Nicholas Wood looking down on a colliery inside of the Institute but the Coal Carrying Model Railways exhibition made it possible with no less than four layouts plus two exhibitions filling the library for the weekend of 11-12th June.  The event was extremely popular with around 600 people attending over the weekend including families and visitors who were new to the building.

If you missed it, you can see a video of one of the layouts here thanks to Ian Britton.

The surprise joy of the weekend was the unplanned matching of layout and loco.  The Paul's brought along Marine Park. This was a steam, diesel and double electric portrayal of the South Shields area about 1960. To model any of the South Shields colliery and third rail main line systems is a challenge. The layout came with correct Harton Coal Company electrics. Volunteer Robert Forsythe had not appreciated how useful his model of a South Tyneside 1955 electric train could be - an authentic prototype and one of only two models made for sale. Robert quickly arranged for his 16 year old daughter Clare to find the model and bring it along before 12 on the Saturday. It was a real hit and can be seen in the photograph below.

Thank you to everyone who made our Coal Carrying Model Railways event such a success, especially all the exhibitors, Malcolm Paul for all his work organising and promoting the event as well as the photographs here, Les Paul for sterling work taking donations, and Robert Forsythe for book sales and social media promotion.  We are already thinking about how we can run a similar event next year, please do get in touch if you have any suggestions.

Northumbria Summer Speaker Series 2016

The Series offers free public talks in central Newcastle by PhD researchers in the Northumbria University Departments of Humanities and Media and Communication Design to be held over six nights from June to September 2016. For the first five nights the Series will return to the Mining Institute. The final night of the Series will be hosted by Northern Stage.

 Each night of the Series features two or three talks from PhD students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds on a central theme. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss some of the innovative research being carried out by PhD students at Northumbria. Light refreshments will be served and after the talks and questions have finished there will be an opportunity to continue the discussion at a local pub.
 Talks begin at 6pm and the events will last one hour and a half.  They are FREE and open to everyone.

The first talk is 6pm this Thursday with Mediating medicine - from pain to puppets
More information is available here

Home Gathering Festival

We are pleased to welcome Home Gathering to the Mining Institute this autumn - a two-day festival curated by the Unthanks taking place in two historic Newcastle venues - the Boiler Shop and the Mining Institute - on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.
Adrian McNally, of The Unthanks, who will take centre stage on Saturday’s installment, said: “Musically, we’re honoured to have the sublime Richard Hawley headline the Friday night. The rest of the line-up not only reflects our tastes but our influences too. We don’t think music fans will find a more varied bill and we hope, most of all, you’ll like something you weren’t expecting to."
Tickets are available from:

Sixth International Early Railways Conference

The Institute was proud to hold the reception and a public lecture to open the Sixth International Early Railways Conference where Richard Carlton presented the remarkable and unexpected discoveries of the Neptune Yard excavation at Wallsend with local historian and author Les Turnbull.  Our Management Group Chair, Colin Mountford, also spoke at the conference the following day about "Interpreting Sources for the Durham and Sunderland Railway 1836-56".  The Institute also created a small display to highlight the importance of Early Railways within our archive collections.

Each delegate was presented with a copy of Les's recent publication "The World of William Brown" as a gift from the Institute which was extremely well received. 


Women in Engineering Event

Over 60 delegates attended the National Women in Engineering Day event at the Institute on 23rd June which offered a networking buffet followed by speakers in the Lecture Theatre including Kelly Jones, CEO,  Rotary Power & Michell Bearings, Meshi Taka, Flooding Protection Coordinator, Northumbrian Water Limited, Yaiza Gonzalez, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Arup and Sara Walker, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University,
The event was organised by by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers NE Young Members Panel in association with CIBSE NE Young Engineer's Network as part of a nationwide celebration of women in engineering with events across the country helping to raise the profile and achievements of women in the sector.

Heritage Open Days 2016

8th-11th September

Save the date!

This year the Institute will be open all four days so if you can volunteer any time to help chat to visitors and sell postcards and books then please get in touch with Jennifer.  For those looking to visit other venues, booking opens 1st August - see the Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days website for more details.

On this day in 1836....

By an amazing coincidence, on the 28th June, we happened to scan the entry for 28th June 1836 when Buddle attended the opening of the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway.  He meticulously recorded that it was a wet day and the engines were Hercules and Sampson, and they reached 30 mph!
The Institute holds over 200 of Buddle's notebooks and his personal diaries in particular are fascinating for anyone interested in social as well as mining history.  They are gradually being scanned for you to view digitally, and anyone who would like to volunteer to help with transcription, here or at home, would be very welcome indeed.

AGM - 20th October 2016

Members of the Institute please note that an AGM is planned for the 20th October at 5:30 pm.  More details will follow nearer the time.
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