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 ›
The jury in an inquest into the death of seven-year-old Karl Doran, who died at Beamish museum in July 2012, has returned a verdict of accidental death.
A coroner at Crook Civic Centre today heard he had fallen from a steam roller his father had been driving as part of a display at the museum.
More to follow.
Newcastle hosted a rowdy group of suffragettes who were confronted by a mob of anti-women's rights campaigners to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Morpeth activist Emily Davison. It was staged by Beamish museum, to raise awareness of the part she played in history.
A four day celebration is about to get underway to mark 40 years of the tramway at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
Vintage vehicles will be taking to the roads around the three hundred acre site. Visitors will be able to ride on restored trams throughout the day.
Beamish Museum's Tram system is marking its 40th anniversary this week with five days of celebrations.
The open air museum, near Stanley in County Durham, opened in 1973.