If Buildings Could Talk

£35 per person

As you walk around Beamish Museum and visit buildings such as the Co-op, Pit Cottages, School and Railway Station they look like they have always been here. These buildings have actually been moved from their original locations around the North East of England.

They bring with them a history and memories that help us tell the story of the people of this area. In this talk with members of our Buildings Team, you will find out the stories behind the buildings within our Georgian Landscape.

The talk begins at Eston Church where you will find out why this building had to be moved, learn about the painstaking job of dismantling and reassembling it at Beamish and of course hear all the funny and unusual stories that go along with it. You will also discover the future plans to expand the Georgian Landscape within our Remaking Beamish Project. These include Joe the Quilter’s Cottage, which we can recreate due to local reports drawn up after his murder in the 1820s, and our recreation of a Georgian Coaching Inn. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to have a go at some archaeological activities which we use to ‘hear’ a building’s story.

We will then make our way up to Pockerley Old Hall for light refreshments by the fire while you are introduced to Pockerley’s history. You will then have a go at some architectural drawings of Pockerley – an important tool when reading a building in order to better understand its history.

If you have an interest in Beamish, buildings or history you will enjoy this talk.

Course dates

  • Saturday, 28th April 2018 (1pm – 3pm)
  • Sunday, 19th May 2018 (1pm – 3pm)
  • Saturday, 8th Sep 2018 (1pm – 3pm)
  • Saturday, 13th Oct 2018 (1pm – 3pm)

Cost: £35 per person.

Included in your Traditional Experience:

  • Talk by members of our Buildings Team
  • Opportunity to have a go at some archeological activities
  • Light refreshments in Pockerley Old Hall
  • View a selection of photographs and plans detailing the Georgian area and the Remaking Beamish Project

Please note: Courses are only available for those aged 18 and over unless otherwise stated.  Tram and steam engine driver experiences are limited to those aged 21 and over, who hold full UK driving licence.

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