Empire & Flag Days

Sat 18th - Sun 19th May

Join us on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May for our Empire and Flag event.

Empire Day was first celebrated in 1902 and was traditionally held on 24th May on the birthday of Queen Victoria. The day was intended to encourage people, especially children, to be aware of their duties as citizens of the British Empire.

Flag Days were held by organisations during the First World War to raise money for causes including soldiers on the front line, prisoners of war and support for disabled servicemen. Whilst we will not be raising money for charity, we will be recognising the important contribution young people made towards fundraising during the First World War.

Around the museum there will be activities for all the family to get involved with, as we commemorate young people’s admirable work during the First World War. Whilst down on the Events Field we will be celebrating the great work that young people do nowadays with displays by many groups including the Mini Police and Army cadets. Don’t miss the grand parade at 2.30pm.

Highlights include:

  • Flag making The Pit Village School
  • Enjoy songs, stories and traditional scouting skills around the camp fire in Birch Wood
  • Learn about rationing with the Beamish Young Volunteers in The Pit Village band hall, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Admire traditional Empire displays in the Co-op in The 1900s Town
  • See Empire cake-making in Miss Smith’s in The 1900s Town and Empire biscuit-making in No. 3 Francis Street in The Pit Village
  • Take part in the Durham Pals’ drills activity, and try on costume in The Pit Village school
  • Grand parade from 2.30pm
  • Don’t forget to collect your Empire certificates from the dentist’s waiting room in The 1900s Town!

Empire and Flag Weekend 2016

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy this special event.

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Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any point.