Neville Hall houses the memorial to the Institute's first President, Nicholas Wood, an outstanding Victorian Library resplendent filled with superb stonework, redolent with exquisite carved stone, wood and paintings with a beautifully decorated ceiling, a vast glass roof and filled with furniture designed for the library in 1872. Below the Library is the Edwardian Lecture Theatre, modeled on the Royal Institution in London and constructed in deep red Cuban Mahogany.
What lies within the walls is centuries of history relating to the Great North Coalfield, full of tales of engineering excellence, man's efforts to wrest resources from the earth's crust and the perils that brought. The Library is of importance globally, the finest and largest coal mining library in the world and perhaps the best place to study the early Industrial Revolution which began with the use of coal as a fuel in the Great Northern Coalfield 600 years ago.
Tyne And Wear,
- A1(M) JCT 65 (5.2 miles)
- A1(M) JCT 64 (6.2 miles)
- A1(M) JCT 63 (7.4 miles)
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