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April 19, 2022

Metro Memories Exhibition (19 April – 7 May)

The story of how our Metro came to be, as taken from the memories of those who built and lived...

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The story of how our Metro came to be, as taken from the memories of those who built and lived it

About the exhibition

The Common Room is proud to present, in collaboration with Nexus and the Oral History Unit and Collective at Newcastle University, The Metro Memories Exhibition.

Though the Tyne and Wear Metro has served the people of Newcastle for over 40 years, and is a metro network second in the UK only to the London Underground, the history, significance and cultural impact of this vital system is not widely known to the passengers on their 36.4 million journeys a year.

Here we explore what this transport system means to the people and the history of our region, featuring photographs, films and interviews with key decision-makers including politicians and Director Generals, engineers, designers and retired staff.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events, including community gatherings to invite members of the public, and former staff, to share their own stories, photographs and artefacts connected to the construction of the Metro. As well as Family Fun Days! *Please note, tickets to these events must be booked separately. To find out what’s on, check out all our events here.*

Exhibition dates and times

The Metro Memories exhibition opens free to the public from Tuesday 19th April until Saturday 7th May (inclusive). During this period, the exhibition will be open to the public from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Saturday, with the exception of the following dates, where the exhibition is closed to the public:

Tuesday 26th April

Wednesday 27th April

Thursday 28th April

Friday 29th April

Booking information

Each person attending must have their own ticket.

These tickets are for the Metro Memories Exhibition only. If you would like to attend events running alongside the exhibition, such as our Metro Family Fun Days, and Community Events, please check our other event listings here to book your tickets.

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.

Additional information

Location: The Wood Memorial Hall, The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE

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

Our building is fully accessible – if you have any queries about accessibility, please contact lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk

All visitors over the age of 16 may be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details on arrival at The Common Room. Smartphone users can download the NHS COVID-19 app before arrival.

The Common Room is taking a number of precautions to mitigate the risk to the public regarding COVID-19. Visitors will be encouraged to wear a face-covering (unless they have a medical exemption) and to practice social distancing. For further information on our COVID-19 protocol please visit our home page: thecommonroom.org.uk



April 19, 2022
May 7, 2022


The Common Room
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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