National Heritage Lottery Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

The Reece Foundation

The Reece Foundation was established in 2007. Our main objective is to increase the long term and sustainable prosperity of the North East of England primarily through the promotion of engineering and manufacturing.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £70 million annually. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. The Foundation was formed to implement the terms of the will of the late Christina Foyle. She was the daughter of William Foyle who, with his brother, founded the family owned bookshop Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London, which she continued to manage after her father's death.

NA College

NA College is a specialist apprenticeship, adult learning and work-based programme provider. Our aim is to ensure that productivity and efficiency skills are embedded in everything that we do. Our mission is to provide outstanding training for all learners so that knowledge is embedded and disadvantage is not a barrier to a prosperous career.

Sir James Knott Trust

Sir James Knott Trust is an independent, grant making charitable trust based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England. The aim of the Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England.

Community Foundation

The Common Room has received a grant from the Platten Family Fund via the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear. Grants from the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation are all about supporting young people to consider careers in engineering and other science and technology-based professions.

The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent, grant-making charity, based in central London but funding across the UK. We have a wide range of funding programmes and activities. Our fundamental aim, however, is to improve the civic health of society mainly through education and research.


Thank you!

Our supporters:

Caterpillar Articulated Trucks Ltd, Northumbrian Water Group, Materials Processing Institute, NBS, Unipres Ltd, Sirius Minerals PLC, Tharsus, Hydram Engineering Ltd, Avery Dennison, NE Futures UTC, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Crowne Plaza (Newcastle), Tanfield Railway Museum, Museums Northumberland Trust, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, St Hilda’s Pit Head, Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre, Beamish Museum, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Redhills: Durham Miners’ Association, Northern Stage, Oral History Unit and Collective (Newcastle University), Newcastle City Library

Our building partners:

National Lottery Heritage Fund, North East LEP, Reece Foundation, Garfield Weston, Foyle Foundation, NA College, Sir James Knott Foundation Jersey, Community Foundation Platten Family Fund, The Wolfson Foundation, Charles Haywood Foundation, IMechE and IET Engineering, Community Foundation Roland Cookson Trust, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK, Leche Trust, National Manuscript Conservation Trust


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