Beamish takes 1950s to South Tyneside library

May 22nd 2015

Beamish is bringing the 1950s to a South Tyneside library to share an exciting new chapter in the museum’s future.

Staff and volunteers will take a 1950s living room to the Central Library in South Shields on Thursday, 28th May, from 9am to 5pm.

Aged miners’ homes from Marsden Road, in South Shields, are set to be replicated at Beamish as part of its planned 1950s town. The homes will host a dedicated centre for people living with dementia, older people, their families and carers.

People can visit the library to find out more about the £17million Remaking Beamish project, which includes plans for the 1950s town – with a cinema, shops, houses and more – an upland farm, Georgian coaching inn and other developments.

Michelle Kindleysides, Beamish’s Active Ageing Officer, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing our 1950s living room to South Shields. We’ll be talking to people about how stories and buildings from their communities are part of our exciting future plans, and how they can get involved. Come along and see us to find out more!”

The museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £10.75million grant for the Remaking Beamish project.