Beamish The Living Museum of the North
The multi award-winning Living Museum of the North tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1910s, 1940s and 1950s.
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Beamish Museum is a multi award-winning Living Museum of the North, telling the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1910s, 1940s and 1950s.
Beamish was the vision of Dr Frank Atkinson, the Museum’s founder and first director.
Frank had visited Scandinavian folk museums in the early 1950s and was inspired to create an open air museum for the North East. He realised the dramatically-changing region was losing its industrial heritage. Coal mining, ship building and iron and steel manufacturing were disappearing, along with the communities that served them.
Frank wanted the new museum to “illustrate vividly” the way of life of “ordinary people” and bring the region’s history alive.
Beamish remains true to his principles today and brings history to life for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Address: Regional Resource Centre, Beamish DH9 0RG
Dig for Victory at Beamish Museum – 2nd to 5th September From Land Girls, Lumberjills and the Home Guard to military vehicles, fun family activities and ration cooking, there’s so much to discover at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North during Dig…
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