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 - Joe the Quilters Cottage opened in 2018. The cottage is 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.

In the summer of 2019, the first of the 1950s towns exhibitions opened - The Welfare Hall. The building is  a replica of the Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare hall and Community Centre, and the building will play host to a packed programme of 50s themed events and activities for visitors to enjoy throughout the year, including music, dances and crafts. Visitors can can also visit the 1950s drop in NHS clinic, where you can find out the birth of the NHS in the lates 1950s. 

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