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Beamish Museum



Beamish Museum - The Living Museum of The North. Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England at two important points in their history – 1825 and 1913. In 1825, the region was rural and thinly populated. The Industrial Revolution, particularly the coming of the railways, accelerated change. By 1913 the heavy industries of the region were at their peak. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, eight miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne, twelve miles north west of Durham city. It is not a traditional museum. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt here. Some - Home Farm, Pockerley Manor and the Drift Mine - were here already. All of the buildings are filled with furniture, machinery and objects, real artefacts from our designated collections. What sets Beamish apart from glass case museums is that the story is told not by labels but by costumed staff who are proud of their heritage and happy to share their knowledge with visitors. Beamish is a large open air museum with many historic buildings, some with stepped access. Within the historic areas we have files of photographs which can be viewed by visitors unable to access an exhibit. Our staff undertake disability equality training and seek to provide honest, helpful advice. There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities within the following areas: * The Entrance Building * The Town * Pockerley Manor * Pockerley Waggonway (Accessible Toilets Only) * Home Farm * Regional Resource Centre * Colliery Villiage (Lamp Cabin) Telephone – 0191 370 4000 Fax Number – 0191 370 4001 Email – museum@beamish.org.uk For more information please visit our website: Beamish Museum