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Id: 8948



Arts Management + Administration


Venues, Festivals + Events


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Organisation Name:

The Common Room of the Great North

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Newcastle upon Tyne - North East




Full Time

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Job Description & Person Specification:

The Common Room of the Great North Ltd. is seeking a Director to head the project from August 2017 to the 150th anniversary of the building in 2022.

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers has been allocated £4.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with £600,000 of the allocation now available at Phase 1 to produce a fully-costed design, construction methodology, business plan, governance arrangements and raise match funding of £2 million.

The Phase 2 delivery stage work is to begin after the close of the Great Exhibition of the North in September 2018; the building will re-open as a ‘Common Room of the Great North’ before Christmas 2019 after

-          fully conserving and restoring the Grade 2* Listed Building, providing the highest level of contemporary services and full accessibility

-          restructuring, digitising, conserving and securely housing the internationally important archive and collection

-          provide for the sustainable institutional continuity of the Royal Chartered Institute and its programme, principally focused on the Region's industrial and Engineering heritage. 

The Phase 1 work, currently underway, also involves creation of The Great North Institute which will provide programme for the Common Room principally focused on the future of the region, its people and communities and the global as well as regional consequences of the industrial revolution. 

The programme of the new Institute will be piloted through the Great Exhibition of the North occupying the Common Rooms from June to September 2018. 

Further details about NEIMME including the full Job details can be viewed at 

Applicants for Development Director are invited to book a telephone conversation with Peter Stark, the current Development Director, by emailing him at and outlining key questions after reading the material on the website.  This telephone call does not act as part of the appointment process.





Brian Debnam





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