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Old August 19th, 2014, 04:28 PM   #101
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1940's Farm - Labourers Cottages - Vol 1

Labourers Cottages - Orchard Cottage and Garden Cottage. Shown as being occupied by an evacuated family and as home to Land Girls.

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1940's Farm - Labourers Cottages - Vol 2

Labourers Cottages - Orchard Cottage and Garden Cottage. Shown as being occupied by an evacuated family and as home to Land Girls.

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1940's Farm - Volume 1

The farm was an original feature of Beamish and was opened to the public in 1983, these photographs taken 23rd July 2014.





This is a Second World War Pill Box which was used by the Home Guard in Durham. It is made from one half of an egg shaped steam boiler:






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Norman Cornish studio donated to Beamish Museum in County Durham

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Norman Cornish studio donated to Beamish Museum in County Durham
Oct 05, 2014 12:00 By Sarah Scott


Norman Cornish

Celebrated artist Norman Cornish donated his studio to a North East museum, just months before his death.

The painter’s studio, from his home in Spennymoor, County Durham, was donated to Beamish Museum shortly before he passed away on August 1 this year at the age of 94. The substantial donation includes dozens of unfinished works, as well as his chair, easels, paint pots, brushes and other objects.

Bosses at the County Durham museum said they were delighted to have received a collection belonging to such an important North East artist. Beamish already has the Berriman’s chip van, that was used in Spennymoor which features in a number of Mr Cornish’s paintings.

Mr Cornish, a pitman who became a painter, was the last surviving painter from the Spennymoor Settlement, which became known as the “Pitman’s Academy”. Some of the objects, including replicas of his unfinished work, are now on display in the Open Stores in the Museum’s Regional Resource Centre.

Kate Reeder, head of social history and collections management at Beamish, said: “We are lucky enough to have been working with Norman’s family over the past year. This has given us a unique perspective into Norman’s life and we are extremely grateful that his family has so kindly donated such wonderful pieces of history to Beamish. Norman captured everyday life in the North East, from men working in the pits to women gossiping in the back lanes, which we hope to share with people through our own 1950s developments in the future. We want to tell the fascinating story of how men, such as Norman, and women joined organisations like the Spennymoor Settlement, the Ashington Group and others to represent their lives through media such as painting and writing.”

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Sunderland energy workers turn historical re-enactors for Beamish event

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Sunderland energy workers turn historical re-enactors for Beamish event
9th October 2014


Staff from EDF Energy in Sunderland as they volunteer at Beamish's Agricultural Show

VOLUNTEERS took a step back in time at a heritage museum’s annual festival.

Ten customer service advisors from EDF Energy’s Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland, joined a 50-strong team in traditional 1913 dress at the annual Beamish Agricultural Show, in County Durham.

Volunteer Marc Lofthouse organised for his work team to visit the historic attraction as part of the EDF Energy Helping Hands scheme, which encourages workers to support community and voluntary projects. He said: “This was a great opportunity to be involved in something different and to help out one of the region’s best attractions. Beamish is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the North East, so we were enthusiastic to support the annual agricultural fayre. We got to help with a variety of different activities that were going on throughout the day, including tending to the animals, speaking to visitors and helping out with games.”
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Old November 12th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #113
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A big well done to Beamish,--

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Beamish strikes gold as it picks up another tourism award


BEAMISH Museum was crowned the North-East’s best large attraction at the region’s tourism awards last night (Tuesday, November 11).

The open air museum, just outside Stanley, County Durham, has won a host of awards over the years for its lively interpretation of the region’s industrial heritage.

At the ceremony in Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, it picked up a gold award in the North East England Tourism Awards 2014.

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Christmas is kicked off at Beamish Museum as Santa comes to town

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Christmas is kicked off at Beamish Museum as Santa comes to town
Nov 15, 2014 15:20 By Hannah Flint


Santa arrives at Beamish Open Air Museum

Christmas kicked off in good old-fashioned style as hundreds of families flocked to see Santa arrive at Beamish Museum this weekend.

The Museum was transformed with festive flair as Father Christmas made his annual stop at the County Durham attraction in front of huge crowds that lined the historic streets yesterday. The big man himself arrived in a sleigh pulled by two reindeer amid festive tunes from Dunston Silver Band. A procession of period vehicles and costumed folk also led Mr Claus into town.

Jane Martin, 33, of Durham City, said: “We always come here at this time. Sometimes Santa arrives in a helicopter. It’s always good fun for all the family.” Geoff Arnott, 56, of Lanchester, added: “Beamish always know how to put on a good show at this time of year. I prefer coming here in the winter than the summer, to be honest.”

The annual event sees thousands head to the museum to kickstart their Christmas celebrations by watching the procession that changes every year. Last year Santa was brought in by camels.

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Beamish Museum director Richard Evans talks of ambitious plans

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Beamish Museum director Richard Evans talks of ambitious plans
Dec 05, 2014 19:00 By Graeme Whitfield


Richard Evans of Beamish Museum.

Richard Evans’ office is just a few doors up from his local pub, with a dentist’s, a sweep shop and a haberdasher’s close by too.

The upstairs room also has lovely views of a small park and lets him keep an eye on the ever-growing number of visitors who are coming to the business he runs, Beamish Museum. That Mr Evans has moved his office from a modern office block on the edge of the museum to an upstairs room in the middle of the Town at Beamish is emblematic of the way he has thrown himself into the running of the open air museum since taking over there six years.

Not afraid to don period costume where the need arises, he has also overseen a re-birth at Beamish that has brought significant results: visitor numbers more than doubling, turnover up by a similar amount, volunteer involvement increasing to an even great degree and exciting developments ahead where once the future was not so clear.

“In 2008 we had 297,000 visitors. This year will be about 630,000 so we’ve doubled in size over the last six years and we’re really proud of that,” he said. I try not to be too critical in the past, it’s easy to do that, but I think that it was a difficult time. 2007, ‘08, ‘09 - that period was difficult for us. We were coming out of a period when the museum had been run by the local authorities and funded by them to a time where we were run as a charity and we needed to change the way we worked. We still got on with the authorities but it’s just that they couldn’t be the source of our funding. In 2008 we faced an operational deficit of £250,000 out of a turnover of £4m. You don’t need to be a statistician to work out that that’s not sustainable. So we made the decision to fix that ourselves, and the team here have done a fantastic job over the last five or six years to make that happen. We had to cut costs but we also reinvested back into the museum. There are new things to come and visit all the time and there are lots of different activities and that’s through a programme of reinvestment.

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This from the Northern Echo,--

Householders could see their childhood home become a museum piece

HOUSEHOLDERS are being offered the unique chance to see their home recreated in a museum and seen by up to half a million visitors a year.

Beamish Museum is developing a 1950s town at the open-air museum in County Durham and hopes to find a period semi-detached house to be recreated as part of the new exhibit.

Museum staff are now hoping residents will nominate their 1950s semi, or the house they grew up in, to be copied and exactly recreated in the museum – with the winner even able to enjoy a short stay in the completed home.

The house will form part of the Lottery-funded Remaking Beamish project, which aims to create a 1950s “town” in the museum, featuring a parade of shops, police house, cafe, cinema, recreation area and 1950s trolleybus system to transport visitors.

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Frank Atkinson - the man who built Beamish - dies aged 90

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Frank Atkinson - the man who built Beamish - dies aged 90
30th December 2014



FRANK ATKINSON, the man whose vision created Beamish museum, one of the North-East's most popular visitor attractions, has died aged 90.

He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and died in the early hours of this morning at Wellburn House care home in Ovingham, Northumberland.

Dr Atkinson, who had three sons and five, grandchildren, was founding director of the North-East’s living history museum. Born on April 13, 1924, in Barnsley, Yorkshire, he was also a former curator of the Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle.

During this time he developed a practical approach to the museum's collection which marked him out as a man ahead of his time. He believed the best way for museums to teach visitors and to enthuse them about a subject was to offer a hands-on experience. Some of the Bowes Museum's 'secondary' objects would not be catalogued or numbered so they could be handled by visitors or used in demonstrations. Dr Atkinson also passionately believed in the idea of an open-air museum dedicated to the recent past as a counter-point to the Bowes Museum's classical collection of French and Spanish fine art. His idea was supported by the Bowes Committee.

Last year, on Valentine’s Day Dr Atkinson celebrated his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife, Joan. His family is planning a private burial with a public memorial service to be held in the New Year.

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Sad news to hear of the death of Frank Atkinson,---the man had a great vision,--he has left a great legacy, ---RIP.
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Old toilet door is now a museum piece

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Old toilet door is now a museum piece
6th January 2015


find ... Ron Brown of AAG Archaeology with the netty door. Below, the Westoe Netty painting.

A toilet door recovered from a historic South Tyneside building now takes pride of place at one of the North East’s most popular visitor attractions.

During a survey of a Regency townhouse in Beach Road, South Shields, staff at North-East company AAG Archaeology found what is possibbly the only lavatory door to make it into a museum collection. It was eagle-eyed archaeologist Ron Brown who spotted what is thought to be the best-surviving example of a classic North-East netty door sticking out of the rubble of a demolished toilet.

Now the door is on display at County Durham’s Beamish Museum, also home to the famous Westoe Netty, the inspiration for a much-loved 1972 painting by borough artist Bob Olley. When the railway embankment that housed the 1890-built Westoe urinal was removed in 1996, every piece of the structure was put in storage. In 2007, the open-air museum gave it a new home.

Mr Brown said: “The netty door from Beach Road is a significant find as it typifies the regional netty door. The door is painted in the shade of green commonly seen on fixtures and fittings of the Victorian and subsequent periods.”

Mr Olley is happy to see another symbol of working-class life in the region being preserved. He said: “So many must have gone on bonfires over the years, it’s good to know there’s one left to make it into a museum.”
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Inaugural Durham 'tourism superstar' one of 10 people shortlisted for national prize

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Inaugural Durham 'tourism superstar' one of 10 people shortlisted for national prize
Jan 09, 2015 11:49 By Will Metcalfe


Matthew Henderson, who works at Beamish

A tourism ‘superstar’ has been named as one of 10 people across England in the running for a national crown.

Matthew Henderson, engagement and participation team assistant at Beamish, has been shortlisted for the Visit England tourism superstar award. In December he was named Visit County Durham’s tourism superstar and this week he was shortlisted for the national prize.

After a six week college placement at the age of 17 Matthew realised working at Beamish was his dream job and he was soon offered a two year apprenticeship which led to a full time position. He said: “I can’t believe I’ve been shortlisted, it is a real surprise and an honour to even get this far. I love working at Beamish, every day is different and you can’t help but feel a real passion for the museum. All the staff and volunteers here work so hard to try and make every visitor’s experience the best it can be and I love being a part of that.”

VisitEngland is to host an online public vote set to go live at the end of the month. From January 31, a short film of all nominees will be found on www.mirroronline.co.uk where readers can vote for their favourite.

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