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Friends of Beamish

Be a Friend of Beamish - Be part of History

The Friends of Beamish is an Independent Registered Charity helping to protect and re-create the region's past for future generations to enjoy.

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Why join the Friends?


  • You’ll be showing support for one of the greatest museums in the world. Beamish is a marvellous showcase for the heritage of the North East.
  • Free admission to the Museum as often as you like in the course of the year during normal opening hours.
  • A Gold Membership Package gives you free admission as often as you like PLUS half price admission for two guests on each visit.
  • Special 10% discount in the Museum’s catering and retail outlets.
  • FREE copy of our quarterly Magazine (worth £3.00), plus a FREE copy of the Museum guide book (worth £4.95).
  • An excellent monthly series of talks by visiting speakers and frequent opportunities for behind the scenes tours.
  • Your subscription will help the Museum in so many ways. In our last fifteen years, for example, the Friends gave £564,000 to all sorts of Museum projects.
  • Your subscription will also contribute towards the range of restoration work undertaken by the Friends.

Join Now!

Subscription prices for a year's membership to the Friends of Beamish:

  • Adult Individual - £25
  • Senior Citizen Individual - £20
  • Adult Partners (at same address) - £40
  • Senior Citizen Partners - £32
  • Family (1 adult, 2 children) - £40
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children) - £58
  • Young person (5-21 years) - £20
  • Member’s brooch - £1.50
  • Gold Membership Package - £50

Click here to download a subscription form. Please return completed form with your Cheque or Postal Order to: 

    Friends' Membership, c/o Beamish Museum, Beamish, Co. Durham, DH9 0RG

Or alternatively, you can buy Friends' membership at the Admissions Desk on your next visit to Beamish.

Volunteering at Beamish

Lots of Friends of all ages help the Museum directly by volunteering to give their time, energy and expertise:

  • Some volunteers use their practical skills to restore exhibits. Friends have worked on horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles, engines, clocks, steam engines, farm equipment. If it moved in the early 20th century, Friends have helped to restore it!
  • An increasing number of Friends volunteer to work in costume, helping to interpret the Museum for visitors. Some do promotional work at events around the region. Others help administration of the Friends or conduct visitor surveys for the Museum.
  • The Beamish Youth Group encourages family involvement and gives young people the opportunity to be closely involved with the Museum.

There are many ways you can be involved but you don’t need to do anything at all if you don’t want to – other than enjoy the advantage of free daytime admission whenever you want to visit Beamish!

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What about a Gift or Legacy?

The Friends are always grateful for any gifts or legacies received, whether large or small. A gift or legacy will help us to carry on our restoration projects and to support capital projects at Beamish.

For instance, part of a recent legacy of £200,000 was used to create the interior of Davy’s Fried Fish Shop in The Pit Village, including the painstaking restoration of the beautiful Edwardian ceramic tiles which now adorn the walls.

If you wish to help in this way, please contact the Friends’ Office for more information.

Contacting the Friends’ Office

The Friends’ Office is open 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, but you can leave a message on the answer phone at 0191 370 1104 or via email – info@friendsofbeamish.co.uk

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Volunteering at Beamish


The Friends of Beamish is a Registered Charity (No. 1059959) and a limited company registered in England (No. 2987256).

Registered Office - The Friends’ Office, Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, Beamish, Co. Durham DH9 0RG