Child dies at Beamish Museum

A seven-year-old boy was killed in an incident with a steam traction engine and trailer at the Beamish Museum on July 25.

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Beamish Museum reopens after child died

Beamish Museum is opening despite the incident in which a child died. The museum closed immediately after it happened on Sunday afternoon but said it would disappoint visitors if it did not open again today.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. The decision to open today was taken after consultation with Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

This tragic accident involved a steam roller and all road steam has been suspended until completion of the investigation.

The Museum is aware of many people planning to travel a long distance to visit today and felt it should open so as not to disappoint these people.

Our thoughts remain with the family, and we thank everyone for their kind words.

– Statement from Beamish Museum

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