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.
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.
I took a couple of people shots on the way to the 1900 town, some of the volunteers who dress up in period clothing.
We love to see the trams and busses
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.
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.
Details of the museum can be readHERE 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 🥴 )
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.
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.
The Hairdresser’s was closed for lunch when we got to it so I just got a shot through the window
As well as the street there was a fence up with 50’s advert boards on it
And it seems they’re collecting doors and more advert boards.
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.
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.
I think that’s enough for this time, but
because we’ll be going back to Beamish next time. 😊
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.
This next shot is of a contraption that was used by hairdressers to perm ladies hair!
apparently they would sometimes, catch fire, or blow up, and some ladies were severely burned or died!
Wall to wall retro!
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 🤣
We came across a lot of horses, and people whilst we wandered around the museum
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.
They also had a WW1 canteen up and running
All images can be embiggened by clicking on them, where they look much bigger. And better. 😀
In April 2016, Sophie and I went off to visit Beamish Museum as they have an annual Steam fair with WW1 vehicles as well as the usual trams and olde worlde stuff. Lovely spring day, warm and sunny, and lots to see.
love these trams
don’t think he was happy at having his photo taken, but I’m thinking he works there so it must be par for the course!
lovely happy smiley people and great motorbike & sidecar
great old steam thingy
oops engine trouble
back on the road
A 1916 Albion A10
mellow yellow hotel bus
Loads more to come, but these will do for a start.
Don’t forget to follow Fraggles Other Place for the 1000 miles 365 🙂
Today I’ve been to Beamish Museum with Sophie again for a WW1 vehicle & Steam fair. Lots of pictures taken and there will be a Fraggle report (eventually when I’ve sorted them all) but for now, a macro shot of a cockerel figurine attached to the bonnet of one of the old cars. (Hood ornament in U.S, Bonnet Mascot in U.K.) 🙂
Beamish Museum is a living history museum and there is so much to see and do there. The vision of one man Dr.Frank Atkinson, it illustrates the way of life of “ordinary people” and brings the region’s history alive. It was raining, sleeting, and snowing on and off, but Sophie and I were determined to go out with our camera’s for the day, and at Beamish, the weather doesn’t matter as there’s plenty of indoor stuff to see.
There’s a lot of shots but am putting them in galleries so you can click on the 1st one and scroll through if you want to see them embiggened.
We started out in the 1820’s visiting Pockerley Waggonway and got a ride on Puffing Billy
After our ride, we walked up to Pockerley Old Hall which replicates how tenant farmers would live.
Then we caught a tram (<3 trams!) to 1900’s town and first visited the railway station where we were allowed into the signal box.
Then back up to 1900 Town, and first we had lunch in the Tearooms, lovely Vegetable broth with rustic bread.
Then we visited some of the shops, as it was raining.
Then it was time to go home. Still loads more to go back and visit, there’s a pit village, a farm, & a colliery we didn’t get round to, and they are now building a 1950’s Town and upland farm, Georgian coaching inn and more. It is a great place for a day out, all the staff are dressed in period costumes, and they are all really friendly and knowledgeable so we learned a lot on our way round. How to pick one for the daily shot??
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