To begin with, Beamish Museum is an open air museum in the North East of England with a difference. On the whole, its main aim is to preserve a flavour of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. In other words, the museum gives a sample of rural and urban life in the North East. Indeed, it is only around 14 miles from Sunderland, close to the town of Stanley. Moreover, many structures and artefacts from across Wearside are on show at Beamish.
Step Back In Time At Beamish Museum
Established in 1970, Beamish Museum has won the hearts and minds of all who visit the place. This is because it vividly recreates life in the North East from the early 1800’s on. In fact, there are two important dates that stand out, 1825 and 1913. Of course, Beamish is not a traditional museum by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is a museum which leaves visitors standing in awe as they step back in time.
Most of the houses, shops, vehicles and machinery come from various parts of the North East region of course. Their reconstruction at the museum obviously gives us a working old community. As a result, the visitor to Beamish Museum feels like they are in another time zone. Of course, Pockerley Manor, Home Farm and The Drift Mine were already on the site of the museum.
The site, once belonging to the Eden and Shafto families, gives the visitor a ‘hands on’ experience. For instance, visit the The Town with its collection of old buildings. Obviously, there are real shops and services like they once were. Other things visitors can see as they stroll down the cobbled street of The Town are the dentist’s home and surgery, a Co-Operative shop, a sweetshop together with a sweet factory, a solicitor’s office, a old Barclay & Co’s Bank, a newspaper office and motor & cycle works.
Take A Tram Ride
Beamish Museum On Track
Meanwhile, at the farm, the kids will love the animals. Obviously, Beamish Museum has a kids play park in which to tire themselves out after all the excitement. So, step back in time at Beamish, there’s something for everyone at this remarkable place.
The running costs for the museum is obviously high at around £3m each year (2006). However, it attracts around 350,000 visitors annually and it has won a major national award for all its efforts. The museum is constantly gaining more recognition due to the unique attributes and dedication from the staff.
Beamish Museum Details:
Address: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.
Telephone Number: 0191 370 4000 (9.00am – 4.00pm, Mon-Fri).
Beamish Museum website
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