|Location:||Beamish. A1M Junction 63, follow signs.|
02-JAN to 14-MAR Tue-Thu, Sat, Sun 10-16, last admission 15.
15-MAR to OCT daily daily 10-17, last admission 15.
NOV to mid-DEC Tue-Thu, Sat, Sun 10-16, last admission 15.
Winter: Adults GBP 6, Children (5-16) GBP 6, Student GBP 6, Senior (60+) GBP 6.
|Guided tours:||V=350,000/a |
|Address:||Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, Tel: +44-191-370-4000, Fax: +44-191-370-4001. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1958||start of planning.|
|1971||opened with an introductory exhibition in Beamish Hall.|
|1972||small part of todays site opened to the public.|
The North of England Open Air Museum is located at Beamish in County Durham, north of Durham. This is a regional museum of North East England supported by nine Local Authorities and administered by a Joint Committee of City, County and District Councils. As typical for an open air museum, it is a huge area with numerous different buildings forming representative ensembles. The site of Pockerley Manor and the Home Farm was completed by many more buildings which have been deconstructed elsewhere in the region and rebuilt here. So it has two main goal, to preserve historic buildings which would otherwise be destroyed, and to restore them for the education of the visitors.
Beamish concentrates on two important points of North East England history: 1825 and 1913. In 1825 the region was rural and thinly populated, 1913 the region's heavy industries were at their peak. The various "towns" in the museum try to give an impression of a era and a most complete overview on all aspects of daily life. The different parts of the site are connected by a historic tramway.
The aspect we are interested in is the Drift Mine which once existed below the ground. The coal mine is also part of the exhibition, completed by an early 1900s colliery village. The mine buildings include steam winder, pithead buildings, engine shed, powder house, and chauldron waggons. The village shows typical pit cottages and gardens, a board school, and the methodist chapel. As far as we understood there is no underground tour into the drift mine.
Rather uncommon for an open air museum, Beamish is also open in winter. But many areas of the museum are closed, only The Town and tramway are open. The colliery village is closed during winter. Admission charges are reduced.