Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

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Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed demonstrators bring to life the 1900s Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, experience firsthand how the Industrial revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Winter Season 2014/15: 3rd November 2014 to 27th March 2015. Open Tues-Thurs and weekends, 10.00-16.00. Closed Mon and Fri (unless otherwised stated).

Main Season 2015: 28th March to 1st November 2015. Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

Winter Season 2015/16: 3rd November 2015 to 18th March 2016. Open Tues-Thurs and weekends, 10.00-16.00. Closed Mon and Fri (unless otherwised stated), also closed Christmas Day.

Last admission always 3pm.

Closed: Mon, Fri and Christmas Day in Winter season.

Admission charges

All tickets to Beamish are valid for 12months from date of first visit:

BEAMISH UNLIMITED

Adults £18.50
Senior/Student £13.50
Children £10.50
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £48.50
Family ticket (1 adult + 2 children) £34.50
Family ticket (2 adults + 1 child) £42.50

The Beamish Unlimited Pass allows you to visit again and again for a whole year after paying just once!

Under 5s always free of charge.

Discounted rates for prebooked parties of 15 or more and for pre-booked educational parties, see our website for prices.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library and photographic archive are open to the public by appointment only - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Beamish, founded in 1970 to illustrate the development of industry, agriculture and the way of life in the North East of England, is situated in 300 acres of woodland and farmland. Home Farm, a fine 19th century model farmstead, and Pockerley Old Hall, with its medieval stronghouse dating to the 1400s, are both listed buildings preserved in situ. Other typical buildings brought together represent an early 1900s town, colliery village, farm and railway, linked by an electric tramway. The early 1800s period is represented by Pockerley Old Hall and an exhibit on early railways.

The Museum's collections are all Designated Collections of national importance and include a vast library and archive of books, periodicals, trade catalogues, photographs and oral history recordings.

Designated collections which are wide, varied and extensive, covering all aspects of life in North East England, including domestic life, farming & rural life, folk art, industrial and town life and transport.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Industry, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Victorian
  • Georgian
  • Railway
  • Town
  • Colliery
  • Farm
  • Manor House
  • Steam train
  • Rare breed
  • Freemason
  • Masonic Hall
  • Trams
  • School
  • Co-op
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of working horses

Horses at Work

  • 21 — 23 April 2017 *on now

Following the success of our first Horses at Work event in 2015, the event returned in the form of Horses at War in 2016 and now plans are underway for our horse extravaganza in 2017 which will take place from Friday 21st April to Sunday 23rd April.

This fascinating and exciting event showcases some of the most impressive horses and horse-drawn vehicles ever seen at Beamish! This is a unique opportunity to see magnificent horses at work around the museum. From horse-drawn omnibuses and working pit pony demonstrations to horse-powered fieldwork and road deliveries, more than 40 horses will be in action, ranging from Shetland ponies to Clydesdales and Shires.

Watch thrilling cavalry displays by the 16th Lancers Display Troop, see a horse logger, harness maker and farrier at work, heavy horses preparing the land for the new season’s crops and admire a coach and four as it trots past. The event brings together a unique line-up of horses and horse-drawn vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a ride on period horse-drawn transport, watch fascinating displays and see what towns and cities looked like when most of the movement of goods and people was done by horses.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/horses-at-work/

Georgian musicians at Pockerley Waggonway

Museums at Night - A Grand Georgian Gathering

  • 20 May 2017 6-9:30pm

Join us for a Grand Georgian Gathering as Pockerley Old Hall, the Waggonway and Eston Church come alive after hours with a whole host of entertainment to enjoy from 6pm on Saturday, 20th May.

Here’s a taster of what we have planned:

Watch the Squire begin the evening’s festivities by lighting a traditional ‘baal’ fire down at the Waggonway. Then search for logs to help keep the fire burning throughout the night.
Try your hand at driving a steam engine*!
Enjoy traditional music, dancing and folk tales.
Learn about the life of a Napoleonic soldier and watch the 68th Durham Light Infantry Society’s musket firing demonstrations.
Sample our Georgian gin bar or pop across to the hot food stall for some tasty treats!
Find out about the amazing plants of the 1800s landscape and pick up some handy tips!
Take part in traditional craft activities at Pockerley Old Hall including the chance to make a magical willow wand and masquerade mask.
If you’d like to look the part, there’ll be traditional Georgian costumes to try on
Create a hag stone out of clay to keep witches away.
Be amazed by the fire eater’s talents!

* Small additional charge and age restriction applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults and children (5-16 years) - £5.00
Under 5s - Free

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/events/museums-at-night-2017/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
School CHildren looking towards Pockerley

Florence Nightingale’s Nurse

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

The daughter of the house at Pockerley Old Hall is preparing to join Florence Nightingale in the Crimea as one of her nurses. Help her practice her skills by making up herbal remedies, perfecting bandaging and visiting the sick neighbour next door – who lives in a dirty, gloomy house. Can Florence Nightingale’s ideas about cleanliness help?

Appropriate for Key Stage 1 pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

1½ hr session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

An Edwardian Scout Camp at Beamish

‘I’m an Edwardian Scout – Get Me Out of Here!’

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Spend a day at our Edwardian Scout Camp and have a real adventure; form your patrol, set up camp, learn woodcraft and complete challenges – dare you try the camp stew?

Appropriate for participants aged 6 years and over.

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

Full day session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

A Georgian Quack Doctor diagnosing his patient

Medicine Through Time – The Georgian Years

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Revision was never so much fun – come to Pockerley Old Hall and try to figure out why the master of the house lies dead in his bed. Explore the theme of vaccination and Georgian living standards through solving the mystery. Meet some Georgian characters – a Quack Doctor, a Woman Healer or a Physician, and help them make some real Georgian remedies – but are you doing more harm than good?

Appropriate for GCSE Medicine through Time students

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

If you would like more information, or to book this seesion for your class, please contact our Bookings Officer on 0191 3704026, or bookings@beamish.org.uk.
Half day session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

A school group washing the Edwardian way at Beamish

Mrs Scroggins’ Washday (Available from April 2012)

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Listen to the story of Mrs Scroggins’ busy washday, and help her do all the housework she needs to do around her house. Sweep the floors, beat the carpets, do the washing, and polish the pans. And what’s that under the bed…?

Suitable for nursery/reception age pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

1 hr session £35 (max 20 children per session) (Under 5’s come in free)

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

Tudor activity at Beamish

Tudors at Beamish

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Come to Pockerley Old Hall and be transported back to 1569.

Meet the Hedley family – the ‘Lords of the Manor’, and experience everyday life in a Tudor household.

But be prepared for trouble! The Tudor Northeast was a dangerous place of political intrigue, and border raids were rife.

Appropriate for Key Stage 2 pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.
Cost £60 per 1½ hr session.

A ladt pushing a Pram

Who’s going to mind the bairn?

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

This innovative session allows students to explore a range of issues and attitudes surrounding sex and pregnancy. Students will explore these issues through role-play, investigating the story of a teenage mother and her abandoned baby at the end of the 19th century. Students will take the role of investigators, collecting clues and interviewing characters to determine what has happened to make the mother abandon her child. Students will also decide the fate of the child, determining what should happen. This session ties into the KS3 curriculum around relationships and encourages students to use investigatory, team work and analytical skills.

Pre-visit and post-visit resources are available with this session.

Suitable for KS3 and KS4.

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

If you would like more information, or to book this session for your class, please contact our Bookings Officer on 0191 3704026, or bookings@beamish.org.uk.

Cost £60 for 1 hour session.

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North
Beamish Museum
Beamish
Durham
DH9 0RG
England

Website

www.beamish.org.uk

E-mail

museum@beamish.org.uk

Telephone

0191 370 4000

Fax

0191 370 4001

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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