Beamish is one of the largest open air museums in the country and is located in the North East of England, County Durham. The museum covers an area of over 300 acres with many historic buildings. It is a hands-on museum and many sounds, smells, tastes and textures can be experienced.

Our Remaking Beamish project will add to our existing attractions and some historic buildings from throughout the region are being moved or replicated and we have been working with communities to share their heritage.

The centrepiece will be the reconstructed 1950s Town –we will include a welfare hall, a terrace to include a new fish and chip shop, a 1950s hairdressers and the home of local pit painter, the artist, Norman Cornish, police houses, a bowling green and aged miners’ homes.

Alongside The 1950s Town, we will also show what life was like in rural areas in this period, by rebuilding Spain’s Field Farm, which has been collected from Weardale in County Durham.

We will also expand the stories that we already tell from the early 19th century as part of the project. Plans include reconstructing a former coaching inn from the Great North Road at Scotch Corner, which will be open for visitors during the day as well as offering overnight accommodation.

A 1950s bus route will transport visitors around the expanded museum, and the newly opened bus depot and workshop will help ensure the retention of heritage engineering skills.

The museum will remain open throughout the construction period with regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or look out for stories in the Beamish Magazine. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout!

For further information about planning your visit Beamish Museum

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