Are you looking for a well-equipped, high-quality venue for a meeting or workshop? NHSN’s prestigious Council Room is available for hire.

The perfect space

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 NHSN’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.

Council Room © NHSN

For prices, booking or more information

Cost of hire varies depending on the length of booking and catering requirements, contact us for prices: 0191 208 2790 or

Alternatively, you are very welcome to come and view the room and facilities at the Great North Museum: Hancock, between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm weekdays. Just visit our contact page for directions.