One of Newcastle upon Tyne’s most historic buildings will open its doors during Great Exhibition of the North (22 June – 9 September) to celebrate the North of England’s pioneering engineering industry.

The Mining Institute – the world’s oldest professional mining organisation – is to host an exhibition to show how engineers have transformed the world we live and continue to shape our future as part of the Great North Engineering Experience, which takes place 6 days a week during Great Exhibition of the North.

Part of the Get North Innovation Trial through NewcastleGateshead, the Great North Engineering Experience is a joint project between the UK’s largest PEI’s and the Mining Institute. It will feature exhibitions by northern engineering companies, fun and interactive displays – including LEGO and engineering challenges and a range of hands on engineering activities. 

Liz Mayes, Director of The Common Room, a new charity set up to oversee the redevelopment of the Mining Institute, said: “Engineering touches every part of our lives, from the homes we live in, the cars we drive and the smartphones we use everyday.

“The Great North Engineering Experience is all about celebrating the North’s achievements in the sector and the people behind the scenes who are transforming the world we live in.

“Northern England is home to some very special engineering talent and we’ll be bringing that to life during Great Exhibition of the North. 

The Great North Engineering Experience will tell the stories of 12 invisible ‘superheroes’ of the North who have helped shape the world today. It will also present a series of talks and family-friendly lectures about the North’s modern engineering industry 

ICE North East Regional Director, Penny Marshall, added: “We are delighted be a lead partner of the Great North Engineering Experience, and to celebrate all things engineering in the North East.

“It is a fantastic area for civil engineering, and it is excellent to promote the work that is done behind the scenes by our ‘invisible superheroes’ to the wider public, and get youngsters interested and involved in engineering.

“It looks set to be a remarkable experience that shouldn’t be missed. 

In addition to the Great North Engineering Experience, The Mining Institute will also host the ‘Technicians Make It Happen in the North’ exhibition, which explores how Northern technicians use their skills to invent, create and support every aspect of our world, supported by the Gatsby Foundation.

The Institute is also using the Great Exhibition of the North to tell its own stories through SEAM, exploring the North East’s world famous mining and engineering heritage based around 10 themes of innovation and the Mining Institute’s founder members. SEAM is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information about all the events taking place at The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers during Great Exhibition of the North, visit or