The County Durham museum will appear in the last ever episode of Downton on Christmas Day.Read the full story ›
Virtual visitors from around the world can explore the North East’s most popular museum since Beamish has been added to Google Street View.
Beamish brings the region’s past to life - but the latest 21st century technology has been used to capture 360? panoramic images of the County Durham open air museum.
The Google Street View car and a trekker, carrying a special backpack camera, toured the period areas including 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway, 1900s Town, Fairground, 1900s Pit Village and 1940s Farm.
The work was part of Street View’s Special Collects Programme, which provides panoramic imagery of unique locations across the world including museums, heritage monuments and national parks.
Among the famous landmarks and world heritage sites captured for the project are the Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The trekker device records places that vehicles cannot reach and was first used to capture the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
The Beamish Street View images can be found here
A WW1 "Battle Bus" and a 1918-built steam navvy are joining steam locomotives at Beamish Museum's Great North Steam Fair this weekend.Read the full story ›
A family from Sunderland have been chosen to have their home replicated at Beamish Museum as part of a new '1950s Town' display.Read the full story ›
The founder of Beamish Open Air Museum, Frank Atkinson, has died at the age of 90.
He founded County Durham's Beamish Museum in 1970. He had discovered the success of folk museums while touring Norway and Sweden in 1952. He decided to create a similar museum in the North East that would capture a vanishing way of life.
Beamish has received the art collection of the last surviving painter from the Spennymoor Settlement, which became known as the “Pitman’s Academy”.
Norman Cornish, a painter who spent three decades working in the mines, died, aged 94, in August 2014. The studio from his Spennymoor home was donated to Beamish just months before his death and includes dozens of unfinished works, as well as his chair, easels, paint pots, brushes and other objects.
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.
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.
A rare steam wagon is to make its debut at Beamish Museum.
The last surviving Sentinel DG8 has taken over two decades to restore and is appearing as part of the Great North Steam Fair.
Home Farm at Beamish Museum, which used to be Victorian, has been updated to show life during the 1940s, using memories of local people.Read the full story ›
The jury at an inquest into the death of a boy who died at a museum has returned a verdict of accidental death.
Seven-year-old Karl Doran fell from a vintage steam roller at Beamish in County Durham in July 2012. He died from his injuries.
His father is a steam engine enthusiast and had been driving the vehicle at the time.
Frances Read reports.
An inquest today returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Karl Doran, who was killed in Beamish in July 2012Read the full story ›