Are you looking for a well-equipped, high quality venue for a meeting or workshop? Our prestigious Council Room is available for hire.
This impressive room is located in the centre of Newcastle, in the Great North Museum: Hancock, one of the region’s top attractions. It combines modern architectural design by Terry Farrell & Partners with the Society’s historic furnishings and artwork from our internationally-renowned collections.
The centre-piece is a circular board table built for the Society in 1884 by the celebrated Newcastle workshop of Thomas Sopwith. The table seats up to 12 delegates. The room has capacity for additional tables and chairs to comfortably accommodate up to 20 people seated or up to 30 standing.
Facilities include data projector and screen, laptop, wi-fi, flip charts and catering. The room and adjacent toilets are fully accessible (in 2011 the Museum won the Gold Award from Visit Britain in the Access for All category).
The room was created as part of the £26m renovation of the museum, which was opened by the Queen in 2009. The first official booking of the Council Room was by Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh who relaxed and took refreshments there between activities.
The room is hired for meetings, workshops, interviews, photo-shoots/filming, wedding parties and conference break out. It is also used for temporary exhibitions and teaching small classes.
Situated on the top floor of the museum, the room is tastefully decorated, including an 1815 portrait of Thomas Bewick by James Ramsay, a 1850 bronze sculpture by John Hancock and a marble bust of P. J. Selby, a founding member of the Society.
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Alternatively, you are very welcome to come and view the room and facilities at the Great North Museum: Hancock, between 10am and 4.30pm weekdays. Just visit our contact page for directions.
Society members receive a discount for booking the room through us when quoting their membership number.
Your booking helps to support our charitable activities – protecting the flora and fauna of the North East, encouraging the study and enjoyment of the natural world and caring for our collections in the museum.