North Eastern Meccano Society
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North Eastern Meccano Society
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The North Eastern Meccano Society (NEMS) meets to promote the use of Meccano to create models and the collecting of Meccano sets or anything relating to Meccano in the North East of England.
It is not necessary to have any Meccano at all to join the society, just a love of, and interest in its history and development. Why not come to one of our meetings or see us at one of the exhibitions which we attend. If you fancy joining us take a look at our membership page.
We hold exhibitions at various locations throughout the North East. Take a look at our Club Diary page to find out the venues and dates. - Note : many of our exhibitions and meetings will be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus epidemic, although it is hoped that they will be able to restart later this year. Following the Prime Minister's announcement, we have rescheduled our June meeting to the 26th June, to hopefully allow it to take place. See the Club Diary page for latest details.
Because all our exhibitions and meetings have been cancelled over the past year due to the Coronavirus epidemic, we have instead held several 'Virtual' exhibitions, to give our members a means of displaying their models. The first was a 'Virtual Shildon' exhibition which was put on-line on the day in May 2020 on which we should have been at Shildon. and the second was a Virtual Darlington' exhibition which was put on-line on the day in October 2020 on what should have been the day of our exhibition in Darlington. Both these virtual exhibitions are on this website in our 2020 Exhibition photo galleries.
NEW - Our latest Virtual 'Easter 2021 Exhibition' is now on this website in our 2021 Exhibition photo galleries.
Back issues of virtually all our magazines over five years old are available for download from this site. See the Club Magazines page.
In our Photo Gallery pages you can see photos from past exhibitions. This is work in progress with photos of previous exhibitions gradually being added. There is also a photo search facility to allow one to search the associated text of a photo to find particular photos.
In addition, some videos from past exhibitions are also available to watch on the Video pages.
John Herdman's model of the new Tyneside Metro Trams
Nexus (the Tyneside Tram Operator) along with a representative from Stadler (the Swiss manufacturer of the new Tyneside Metro Trams) recently visited John Herdman (our chairman) to see his magnificent Meccano model of the new tram. You can see a video of their visit below and a Rail Advent news item on the visit can be seen here. More photos and videos of this model can be seen in our 2021 Virtual Easter Exhibition photo gallery.
3 April 2021 : Photographs added for our Virtual 'Easter 2021 Exhibition'.
24 January 2021 : The NEMS Quarterly magazines for 2015 have now been added.
22 November 2020 : Meetings and Exhibition dates added for 2021.
24 October 2020 : Photographs added for our Virtual 'Darlington' Exhibition. This should have been the day of the proper exhibition at Darlington.
7 October 2020 : Photographs added of our 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992 Darlington Exhibitions. With thanks to Bob Thompson and Robin Schoolar.
3 June 2020 : Photographs added of some of Dave Dalton's models from the 1980s.
2 June 2020 : Photographs added of Aiskew Club Meetings in March 1992, June 1992 and March 1993.
25 May 2020 : Photographs of models by Rob Mitchell added to our Virtual 'Shildon' Exhibition page 2.
24 May 2020 : Photographs added for our 'Virtual Shildon' Exhibition. This should have been the first day of a proper exhibition at Shildon.
6 May 2020 : Photographs added for the 2008 Crich Exhibition.
4 April 2020 : Photographs added for the 2006 Tynemouth Exhibition.
2 April 2020 : Photographs added for the 2008 Shildon Exhibition.
31 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 2009 Darlington Exhibition.
30 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 1977 Northallerton and Darlington Exhibitions, plus another unidentified exhibition of 1977 or 1978.
29 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 2010 Chester Le Street and Beamish exhibitions.
28 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 2010 Shildon exhibition.
27 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 2010 Darlington exhibition.
26 March 2020 : Photographs added for the 1976 Darlington exhibition and the 2011 exhibition at Shildon.
25 March 2020 : The photos previously added under 'Unidentified Exhibitions' have all been identified as being at the Darlington 1992 exhibition. The website has been updated to reflect this.
22 March 2020 : Photographs by Barry Richardson of various exhibitions together with some of his models from 1985 to 2009. Also some photos from the Darlington 1983 exhibition taken by Barry Wilkinson.
19 March 2020 : Sets of detailed photographs of the following models - Long Reach Digger Excavator, Lorry Mounted Crane, Meccanograph, Tower Crane, Traction Engine and Walking Dragline Excavator.
11 March 2020 : Darlington Exhibition Videos added for 1983, 1988 and 1989
9 March 2020 : Exhibition Reports for 1984 to 1987 added to the Club Magazines page
26 February 2020 : Some old undated exhibition photos added under 'Pre 2010 - Unidentified Exhibitions'.
24 February 2020 : Adding of photos of exhibitions back to 2011 completed - thanks to John Witchard.