Beamish Museum

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Beamish Museum Chester-le-Street Reviews

Smileysez Smileysez
2 reviews
The "Living Museum" of the North Jul 01, 2011
Beamish is a world famous, open air museum. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Some, such as Home Farm, Pockerley Old Hall and the drift mine were here already.

You won't find objects displayed in glass cases at Beamish, you'll see them in their original context. What's more, you will meet our costumed staff who are proud of their heritage and happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
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davidx davidx
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Amazing memories of life not so long ago Nov 18, 2010
Most visitors from overseas never get to the north-east of England. That is understandable but they do miss a lot. In recent history the region has had a very distinct role and this is what Beamish tries to show.

It is largely an outdoor museum and it has areas that show what steam railways were like, with many minor as well as major artefacts on show. The same apples to mining, agriculture and plenty of other industries.

I must first have gone shortly after the museum opened 40 years ago and I was surprised even then to find numerous things that brought back my own boyhood. I think beamish was one of the earlier museums to realise there was plenty of scope for exhibiting life in the 20th century, with an incredible rate of industrial change making everyday articles into historical memories very quickly.

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