St Hilda's Pit

Grade 2 listed St Hilda's Pit Head is all that remains of the once significant St Hilda's Colliery, South Shields which earned its place in history for its 1899 disaster – essentially a massive underground gas explosion – after which candles were outlawed in all mines across the country in favor of electric lamps.


The Creative Seed are the tenants of St Hilda's Pit and manage the building as an arts, culture and heritage center working in partnership with The Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust. The centre is used to host events, workshops, performances, education programmes and training.

Room Hire for creative, historical or community events is available:

Studio 1 - £20 Per Hour

Studio 2 - £25 per hour

For exhibition and display enquiries please email