The Remaking Beamish project will add to the museum’s existing attractions. The exciting project includes a 1950s Town, 1950s Farm, transport developments and expansion of The 1820s Landscape, including examples of early industry and overnight accommodation.
Buildings from throughout the region are being moved or replicated, and we have been working with communities to celebrate and share their stories through the new exhibits, retaining in each building a unique local identity. They will create new ways for our visitors to experience the heritage of the North East.
The Northern General Transport Bus Depot opened in November 2019 and houses the museum’s fleet of buses. The exhibit can accommodate up to eight buses and supports Beamish’s important work of passing on heritage engineering skills. In the depot, visitors can observe the museum’s collection within the depot when they are not in use. Click on the Transport section below to find out more, including information on the planned trolleybus route.
The 1950s has been brought to life at the museum with the opening of the welfare hall. The exhibit is a replica of Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare Hall and Community Centre, near Bishop Auckland, which opened in 1957. Beamish worked closely with the community members at the original hall – now known as Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre – who shared memories, stories and objects.
The hall, which opened in June 2019, also features an NHS clinic. Click on The 1950s Town section below to find out about this building and others, such as Front Street terrace which will include a hairdresser’s, ice cream parlour, fish and chip shop and recreation of Norman Cornish’s home.
The quilter’s cottage, which opened in July 2018, was the first exhibit to open as part of the Remaking Beamish project. The heather-thatched cottage shares the story of quilter Joseph Hedley. Discover more about this story and the other exciting Georgian developments, including a pottery and overnight accommodation, in The 1820s Landscape section below.
Buildings will be opened as they are completed. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project has been awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.