Stories from the archive

Get to know our collections with these specially curated packages

Buddle Collection

NEIMME Transactions

Closeup on spines of leather books, all reading

The Colliery Guardian

Portrait Gallery

Safety lamps


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Our volunteers work both onsite and online to help make our collections more accessible to everyone. Roles include scanning, transcribing handwritten archival documents and identifying historic photographs.

About our collections

Wide reaching collections

The Library includes items relating to mining of all types, plus related industries such as geology, metallurgy and railway engineering, It includes many early scientific and technical reports relating to the development of the coal industry and associated mechanical engineering, especially early work on safety in mines.

A waybill with coats of arms and an image of ship filled in by hand from 1839
Reid's ,ap of the River Tyne 1903 showing names of businesses

What's in our collection?

We hold over 35,000 volumes dating from 1556 through to the present day, over 600 different periodicals from around the world and over 15,000 pamphlets, technical reports and off-prints. We also have a map collection focused on the Great Northern Coalfield and orefield. This includes maps from the Ordnance Survey, Geological Survey and underground mine plans. There is a large archive collection with manuscript notebooks from the early viewers. In addition, we hold a photographic collection and even some objects and artworks.

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

The collections were originally acquired by NEIMME who have gifted them to The Common Room to be housed, conserved and protected for the future.

Dig deeper

Find out more about how to use our collection

Donating to our Collections

How to donate to our collection

Resource guides

Introductory guides to different areas of our collections

Visiting the collections

Everything you need to know about visiting us

Contact us

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