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Friends of Beamish

Join the Friend of Beamish - Be part of History

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

Why not join the Friends of Beamish? 

Your subscription fees will help the Museum in so many ways. In the last fifteen years, the Friends have given £564,000 to all sorts of Museum projects! This year proceeds from subscription fees will go towards completion of Eston Church.

Your subscription will also contribute towards the range of restoration work undertaken by the Friends.

Restoration work by the Friends 

Join Now!

You can buy Friends' membership at the Admission Desk on your next visit to Beamish. You can also upgrade your Beamish Unlimited Ticket to a Friends Membership.

Click here to download a subscription form and return it with your Cheque or Postal Order to: 

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

Friends Volunteer too

There are many ways you can be involved but you don't need to anything at all if you don't want to - other than enjoy the advantage of free daytime admission whenever you want to visit 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.


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 –

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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