Legal and Administrative Information

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers is a membership organisation governed by Royal Charter and registered as a charity with the Charity Commission, its registration number is 220208.

Membership is open to everyone as well as professionally qualified people. It is governed by a Council comprised of people elected from amongst its members who serve as Trustees of the Charity. None of the Trustees are paid for this work. The Institute’s collections which are of global importance are held in trust for the benefit of the public by the charity and are open to everyone.

You can find out more about becoming a member here.

You can find out more about past members here and previous Presidents here.

The Institute’s Charitable Objectives are: “To advance & promote the science, education & technology of mining engineering & engineering generally. To secure the increased safety & improved health and well-being of those employed. To collect, acquire & disseminate scientific knowledge & technical information. To advance & promote the science & technology of addressing the environmental & socio-economic legacies of former mining activities.”

The Institute is also the custodian of a purpose built building of the utmost importance in architectural and historic terms and listed as a building of architectural and historic importance at grade II*, which it has the responsibility to maintain, and for the collections which are housed within the Nicholas Wood Memorial Hall Library, a large part of which have been defined by the National Archives as of global importance. The charity aims in particular to ensure the greatest possible public access to its collections and architectural heritage for the use and enjoyment of the public in the UK and, via new communications technologies, people around the world.

In addition to its own collections, the Institute houses collections from the Robert Stephenson Trust, the Stephenson Locomotive Society (North East) and the Minerals Engineering Society. These collections are also held in trust by the respective societies and Trusts and are available to the public.

The charity has an international scope in its work defined by the international importance of its collections which it maintains for the benefit of the public world-wide. The Charity does not expend funds outside of the UK to achieve its objectives, its expenditure is inherently regional within North East England but which electronic communications technologies permits it to serve a global audience that seeks access to its special collections and which also contributes directly towards the preservation of the archive and collections.

Library Opening Hours:

The Library is currently closed for refurbishment.  Please contact the Library and Archives Manager of The Common Room using the “Contact us” form for specific item requests.

Events: The building is currently closed for refurbishment.

Address: Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.
Tel: 0191 2509717.

E:mail: Please see how to contact us on the main menu.


Bankers: Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Accountants: Pete O’Hara, FCA, 4 Stoneyhurst Road West, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 1PG

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers is registered as a Charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Charity Number 220208.

The Institute is governed by Royal Charter granted 1876 VR, and a revised 2005 ERII.

Our Privacy Notice is available here.


To find out more about the history of The Mining Institute and how we have developed over the years please click here. You can also read about the history of the building and its architecture here.

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