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September 13 @ 11:30 am

City Guides Walk: Buddle at 250 (11:30AM)


This tour forms part of a week-long joint Buddle At 250 celebration in partnership between The Common Room and The...

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This tour forms part of a week-long joint Buddle At 250 celebration in partnership between The Common Room and The Lit & Phil.

Meet us at the Lit & Phil, beginning with a tour around their historic library with commentary based on the life and works of John Buddle. Get the chance to see the Lit & Phil’s newly restored portrait of Buddle, the work completed by Durham based conservator Angela McDowell. You will then be taken on a tour around The Common Room’s historic Lecture Theatre and Wood Hall, ending up in our archive reading room, with a chance to explore rare original documents from our vast archive, such as Buddle’s handwritten diaries.

Booking information

Each person attending, including adults accompanying children, must have their own ticket.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to make a small donation to support the charitable work of The Common Room, it would be hugely appreciated. Likewise, as an independent library, The Lit & Phil welcomes donations.

Additional information


We will meet at: Literary & Philosophical Society. 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Then onwards to: The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE

Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.

About The Common Room

The Common Room is a charity formed in 2017 to restore the Grade II* listed Neville Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne (home to The North of England Institute for Mining and Mechanical Engineers since 1872), and its significant archive and collections documenting centuries of engineering, mining, and wider scientific innovation.

Thanks to National Lottery players, an £8.9m grant has enabled us to spend over £7 million restoring the building, and around £2m to support our running costs, preserve our collections, and to drive our mission: to use our unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.

Complete with its own café bar, 5|Quarter (opened on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), The Common Room is also available for hire for private events, including conferences, lectures, weddings, and gigs.

Find out more at thecommonroom.org.uk

About The Lit & Phil

The Lit & Phil is Newcastle’s exquisite independent library, open to all and free to explore and browse. Founded in 1793, its purpose-built library opened in 1825 on Westgate Road, and is just yards from Central Station. It became a hub of learning and enlightenment long before the city’s universities existed and today continues to inspire minds, stimulate imaginations and confer a wealth of knowledge to young and old alike.

Find out more at litandphil.org.uk



September 13
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Common Room
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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