The Institute of Quarrying and the National Stone Centre are coming together.

Inspiring for Generations_FlyerTitleFont

NSC logo



Telling the story of stone

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the National Stone Centre (NSC) have joined together to realise the NSC's vision of inspiring people to engage with the origin, the industry and the history of stone.

Officially opened in 1990, the NSC is set within six former limestone quarries on a 40 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

For IQ the site offers huge scope to provide additional membership value and services. By relocating its offices to the NSC, IQ can visibly demonstrate the compelling story of the industry. 

Coming together means we will be united in creating a world class visitor experience and an internationally significant centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry.

Building a sustainable future

The NSC and IQ will showcase the positive impact the industry has on a wide range of environmental issues.

The NSC site will demonstrate and explain how industry initiatives in recycling, energy, natural resource and waste management and product development are helping to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions.

Additionally active restoration projects make an invaluable contribution to biodiversity net gain.


Inspiring for Generations

Both the NSC and IQ have a proud legacy of inspiring people through building knowledge, raising awareness and creating memorable experiences.

IQ and NSC are uniting to Inspire Educate and Engage


Working together to inspire the next generation of minerals and stone production industry professionals.


Complementing activities at the National Stone Centre to establish a knowledge centre of excellence.


A focal point to engage everyone in the role of minerals and the science, history and impact of the industry.

Our Supporters

Have your say

If you have ideas or want to get involved in the National Stone Centre project, please contact us

Help us develop future plans at the NSC