Beamish Outdoor Museum~Feb 2023 ~ part3

As well as visiting the new 1950’s bit (which you can read about HERE) we called in at some of the older bits and took a few photos round and about.

In the 1900’s town there is an Edwardian Photographer, JR & D Edis Photographers where you can dress up in period costumes and have a traditional photo taken. There’s a really good piece on the place HERE.

JR & D Edis Photographers (fujiX100F)

You can see cars, motorcycles and bikes from the collection at the Beamish Motor & Cycle Works, which is a replica of a typical early 1900s garage.

Garage (fujiX100F)
in for a service (fujiX100F)
Stepney Tyres. (still trading!) (fujiX100F)

I took a couple of people shots on the way to the 1900 town, some of the volunteers who dress up in period clothing.

Bank Manager and Policeman Plod (contax aria and silbersaltz 35)
Transport Manager (contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

We love to see the trams and busses

(contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

(contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

(contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

(contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

and of course we had a ride back on a bus, couldn’t resist this shot


There’s also a 1900’s Pit village showing a colliery community at the time of peak coal production in the North East. The Francis Street cottages came to Beamish from Hetton-le-Hole, on Wearside, and were originally built in the early 1860s by Hetton Coal Company. Six of the original row of 27 homes were moved to the museum in 1976 and rebuilt in our 1900s Pit Village.

Francis Street (contax aria and silbersaltz 35)
downstairs (contax aria and silbersaltz 35)
upstairs (contax aria and silbersaltz 35)

Oops I’ve gone on a bit so I’ll stop there and leave it at that. There’s a few more photo’s I took, so if you want to see the whole shebang it’s on my Smugmug site HERE but that’s it for the blog.


for wherever next we go.

📷 🎞️ 😊

Beamish Outdoor Museum ~ Feb 23 ~ part 2

Details of the museum can be read HERE in Part 1
This week we’re looking at the new bits, that is the 1950’s town. It isn’t finished yet, so far there’s the Front Street Terrace, which is open but will eventually also include a cinema, toy shop, police houses, electrical shop, semi-detached houses and a bowling green and pavilion. 

Visitors can enjoy an ice cream and other traditional treats while listening to 50s tunes on the jukebox at John’s Café, a recreation of a popular café from Wingate in County Durham. The café was owned by Giovanni Baptista Parisella, known locally as John, who was of Italian descent. The menu includes ice cream made in the café, as well as other 1950s favourites including macaroni cheese, hot Bovril and hot Vimto. (Yuck 🥴 )

John’s Café (contax and silversalz)

A new fried fish shop which is a replica of a shop from Middleton St George, near Darlington. Beamish has worked with the community of Middleton St George to create a 1950s-style newspaper on specially-printed paper that is used to wrap the fish and chips.

Middleton’s, serving chips only. (contax and silversalz)

Next to John’s Café is No.2 Front Street and with the red paintwork at the end in the photo, Elizabeth’s Hairdressers.

No.2 is the home of Norman Cornish, which has been recreated, telling the story of the celebrated North East artist and the Spennymoor Settlement (some sort of community thingy with a theatre). Beamish has been working with Norman’s family on recreating the house from Bishop’s Close Street in Spennymoor. Upstairs in the exhibit is an accessible art space with lift, where visitors and groups will be able to take part in arts activities.

At the hairdressers visitors can look the part by getting a 1950s hairstyle, and take their photo under dryers from Beamish’s collection. Elizabeth’s is based on an end-terrace shop from Bow Street in Middlesbrough. Visitors can book an appointment at the salon on the day of their visit on a first come, first served basis, and cost £5. We did not.

Front Street (contax and silversalz)
inside No.2 (fujix100F)
No.2 (fujix100F)
a peek in the pantry (fujiX100F)
No.2 staircase (fujiX100F)

The Hairdresser’s was closed for lunch when we got to it so I just got a shot through the window

Hairdresser’s (fujiX100F)

As well as the street there was a fence up with 50’s advert boards on it

I don’t think you can get Guards Trousers nowadays. I wonder why. (contax and silversalz)

And it seems they’re collecting doors and more advert boards.

Waiting in the wings (contax and silversalz)

That’s it for this week, but

I’ll post some of the older bits next time.

📷 🎞️ 😊

Beamish Outdoor Museum ~ Feb 2023

Sophie and I go to Beamish most years, and we went this year to see how the new section of ‘1950’s Town’ is coming along, but of course we photographed other bits too on our way around the place.

A little History Bit ☕️ 🍪

Beamish is a world famous open air museum which brings the history of North East England to life at its 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, 1940s Farm, 1950s Town and 1950s Spain’s Field Farm exhibit areas.

Beamish was the vision of Dr Frank Atkinson, the Museum’s founder and first director.Frank had visited Scandinavian folk museums in the early 1950s and was inspired to create an open air museum for the North East. He realised the dramatically-changing region was losing its industrial heritage. Coal mining, ship building and iron and steel manufacturing were disappearing, along with the communities that served them.

Frank wanted the new museum to “illustrate vividly” the way of life of “ordinary people” and bring the region’s history alive. I think he did a cracking job.

That was short and sweet so on to some pictures, a combination of digital and film shots.

The first place we visited was the new 1950’s Farm. Spain’s Field Farm, from Eastgate, near Stanhope, tells the story of upland farming in the North East during the 1950s. The farm was kindly donated to Beamish by the Jopling family and around 1,170 tonnes of the farm’s stone and timber were moved to the museum after being thoroughly recorded. During the dismantling of the building a good few objects were discovered, a Georgian bread oven, and 17th century cannonball to name a few. Fragments of 1950s Farmer’s Weekly magazines, furniture and farm tools were also found. Samples from the remnants of internal paint, lino and wallpaper were also taken.

Spain’s Field Farm (contax aria, silbersalz 35)
plough thingy (contax & silbersalz)
milk-0! (contax & silbersalz)
View of the 1900’s Pit Village from the farm (contax & silbersalz)
Happy Christmas Bull! (contax & silbersalz)

From the farm we went on to see Rowley Station, as we can never resist old train stuff! The station was originally in Rowley, near Consett, County Durham, in 1867. It has never had gas or electricity and was always lit by oil. The station was the first relocated building to be opened at the museum and was officially unveiled in 1976 by Poet Laureate Sir John Betjemin. A wrought-iron footbridge from the 1900’s town crosses the railway line and leads towards the signal box, dating from 1896. Across the tracks in the Goods Yard is a Goods Shed, dating from 1850.

North Eastern Line (fuji X100F)
ticket office (FujiX100F)
Tracks (contax & silbersalz)
signals box (FujiX100F)
inside the box (contax & silbersalz)
adverts (FujiX100F)
left luggage (contax & silbersalz)

I think that’s enough for this time, but

because we’ll be going back to Beamish next time. 😊

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE     Part 2 HERE   Part 3 HERE  

Coming to the end of our day out now and first off some WW1 Nurses

Nurses and Burgers

There were quite a few horse-drawn buggies with WW1 re-enactors driving them






as well as the odd motor vehicle

and a genuine WW1 airplane, though it might need some restoration yet

We had lunch in one of the cafe’s


and rode on this bus to take ‘aerial’ shots 🙂


Quick March

Madam Formidable calls a taxi


They had some horses ploughing fields

not much scattering going on.

and I used my telephoto to take some pictures of the horses and owners

true love

Bored now

Chocolate Chip Cookies (the horse pinched one 🙂 )

smiley man

When we got off the bus we stood and watched everyone and everything go by

it’s a dog’s life..

Bus conductor-ess

The 114 to Byker

but mostly I just loved all the horses


and that’s about it, except for my award for most appropriately dressed person of the day goes to…


Geordie Shore 🙂

Well if you’ve got it, flaunt it! 😀

So that’s the end of our trip to Beamish this time, there’ll be others I’m sure as they have a lot of events on, and once you buy your ticket, you can go as many times a year as you want.

All pictures can be clicked on to embiggen where they look even better cos you can see more stuff in them. 🙂

The full album (which has a fair few more photo’s) can be found HERE

Stay tooned for the next adventure!




Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE

The museum is currently undergoing an £18million expansion, to include a 1950s Town and coaching inn.  They have a huge store cupboard where they’re getting stuff together for it.

I have no idea what this is

A feed the baby race. 😳 (the x-box of it’s day 🤣 )

This next shot is of a contraption that was used by hairdressers to perm ladies hair!

perm machine (aka death’s head!)

apparently they would sometimes, catch fire, or blow up, and some ladies were severely burned or died!

Keep smiling!

Wall to wall retro!






a 1950’s icon

Still going strong today

Well that’s it for a look round the museum’s store cupboard, not usually open when we’ve been before, can’t wait to see the 1950’s town when it’s up and running.  Who remembers any of this stuff! Not me of course, I’m far too young! 🤣🤣

Stay tooned loads more to come!

All images can be embiggened for extended perusal of their magnificence 🤣



Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE

We came across a lot of horses, and people whilst we wandered around the museum

pink hair day


The 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1759 and notable for its participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. These chaps were acting the part.

17th Lancers

Not fake steel!



They also had a WW1 canteen up and running

grubs up, chow down. (Not sure about polystyrene food holders! 🙂 )



Oops got caught 🙂

Madame Formidable

Doggone it!

All images can be embiggened by clicking on them, where they look much bigger. And better. 😀

Stay tooned more to come. 🙂