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The Old Low Light is still managed by The Net’s board of trustees. With a small team of staff andsupport from more than 200 volunteers, it goes from strength to strength.

North Tyneside Council, the owners of thebuilding, lease it long term to Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust which The Net pays rent to annually.

Our vision was to develop a heritage centre with the local community that would:

  • preserve an iconic building on the Fish Quay

for the benefit of the public;

  • inspire local people and those from further

The Net North Shields receives no funding from the local authority.

90% of our costs our covered by income we generate through our commercial activities.

All of our income is re-invested into the centre, to ensure Old Low Light remains a sustainable community asset.

We supplement our income by applying for funding from other third parties.

In 2018 we have received funding from

  • The National Lottery Community Fund – to pay for a volunteer co-ordinator post at Old Low Light.
  • The Garfield Weston Trust – contributed to our core costs.
  • The Foyle Foundation – contributed to our core costs.
  • Historic England – funded our heritage schools work and helped us create the Breaking Chains exhibition in partnership.

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