Remaking Beamish

Beamish – The Living Museum of the North is celebrating the largest single investment ever seen with a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Remaking Beamish project, which will help the museum create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East.

The centrepiece will be a reconstructed 1950s Town, which will include houses, shops, café, cinema, police house and recreation areas. Visitors will also be able to be to experience an almost forgotten way of life with an overnight stay in a recreation of a 1820s Great North Road Georgian coaching inn.

The first of the Remaking Beamish developments opened in 2018 and visitors can now visit Joe the Quilters Cottage – a recreation of the “lost” home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley, who was murdered in 1826, in an appalling crime that shocked the nation. Summer 2019 will see the opening of the 1950s Welfare Hall, the first exhibit to open in The 1950s Town.