Our previous in-person Graft & Glory exhibition panels

Graft & Glory Virtual Exhibition

Explore our digital Graft & Glory exhibition, learn something new about our industrial heritage and the shift towards a green revolution in the north.

Our exhibition is best explored on laptop, desktop or tablet devices.

Use our Superheroes Activity Sheet to help you find out fun facts from our engineering Superheroes.


Dig into our podcast archive to listen to conversations that shine our region's engineering past, present and future in a new light.

Listen to the latest series of The Face of Engineering, hosted by Ngunan Adamu, and learn something new about the region's industrial heritage with Pioneering Minds.

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Click here to read the latest news and features from The Common Room's programming team, and keep up to date with our projects.

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Pre-Visit Document

Download a pre-visit visual story resource aimed at our younger, neuro-divergent visitors, to help them prepare for what they might see or do at The Common Room, and help with sensory processing.

Part of a handwritten census from 1841. One line says 'Susan Crowther (65 year old female), Engine Builder.'

Susannah Crowther, Engine Builder

What about the female engineers? Thanks to Mike Greatbatch, we have uncovered the story of Susannah Crowther who, we were surprised to learn, was an engineer from 1841! She recorded herself as ‘Engine Builder’ on the census, having sustained her late husband’s steam engine making business for almost 30 years.

Mike, expert on the heritage of the Ouseburn, has been kind enough to share his pre-publication manuscript with us so you too can learn about this remarkable woman.