Conference and Exhibition

Our versatile and flexible rooms are available for all manner of meetings, conference and exhibitions. From our custom built Lecture Theatre seating up to 220 people to our versatile Dermot Boyle Wing boosting 480sqm of uninterrupted floor space, all daytime corporate guests have free access to the Museum itself during opening hours and receive complimentary onsite car parking. Don’t forget to check out our Day Delegate Rates.

For the safety of your guests and Museum staff, temporary reduced capacities will be in place for the foreseeable future allowing for a 1m+ distance. The capacities below show the revised numbers:

Sunderland Meeting Room – Hangar 1

This is a brand new and flexible space, situated in the recently refurbished Hangar 1 and overlooking the iconic Sunderland flying boat. There is ample space to seat a group of 60 theatre style in the far end for presentations, while the other half of the space could be used as a breakout area or networking space. Alternatively, the space can accommodate 33 people cabaret style.

Lecture Theatre

Our custom built Lecture Theatre has tiered seating for up to 220 people with fold down writing tables and a fully equipped projection room. To allow for social distancing this space can accommodate a maximum of 80 people.

We are also able to offer the capacity to create virtual or hybrid presentations from the theatre, casting to a wider on-line audience.

With all of the equipment in place, presentations could not be easier. Simply turn up with your laptop, plug it in, and off you go! This ensures minimal set up time and adds to the smooth running of your event.

Refreshments can be served in adjacent rooms – the Art Gallery or Halton Gallery.

Art Gallery

The elegant Art Gallery is the perfect space for a breakout area for conferences in the adjacent Lecture Theatre. Guests can network whilst overlooking the stunning views of the Historic Hangars below.

The Art Gallery can also be used for small exhibitions and receptions.

Halton Gallery

The versatile, recently refurbished, Halton Gallery can be used as a breakout space in conjunction with the Lecture Theatre. Located on the ground floor with adjacent access to the Historic Hangars, the Halton Gallery is a bright and airy room with plenty of power, large windows allowing plenty of natural daylight and also a partition screen to divide the room.

The Halton Gallery can also be used for small exhibitions, receptions and small cabaret style meetings.

Dermot Boyle Wing – Locking Room & Cosford Room

Boasting 480 sqm of uninterrupted floor space, ground floor access through a large loading bay, three phase power and air conditioning, the versatility of the Dermot Boyle Wing is endless.

The Dermot Boyle Wing can accommodate a wide range of events including exhibitions, trade shows, auctions, product launches and car clinics. The Dermot Boyle Wing is made up of two rooms, the Locking Room and Cosford Room. The rooms are separated by a folding wall and can be used together or separately.

The Dermot Boyle Wing can also be used for large cabaret style conferences for up to 84 people or theatre style up to 125.

Boardroom & Cranwell Room

With an abundance of natural daylight, boardroom seating and air conditioning the Boardroom & Cranwell Room, used together or separately, are two impressive locations ideal for smaller, more exclusive meetings.

Located conveniently close to the Lecture Theatre, Art Gallery and Halton Gallery, these rooms are perfect as breakout areas or exclusive rooms for VIP’s and guest speakers.

Museum Grounds

With a secure hard-standing free car park for 300 cars and an additional area for coaches, the Museum grounds can accommodate a wide range of events including product launches, vehicle demonstrations and filming field bases. Our grassed area provides the perfect location to host team building activities and marquees can be set up on this area providing either additional or alternative facilities.

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