Visit to Beamish Museum


Beamish is a remarkable living museum which recreates living in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. Most of the buildings have been saved from demolition in towns and villages of the north, dismantled and rebuilt here. Together they make a convincing town, mining village and farm. To complete the picture, real people inhabit the shops and school, drive the buses and cars, sit sewing in the houses or baking in the community outdoor oven. This post is mainly pictures of details around Beamish, especially pots relevant to Butter Wynd Pottery, but our pictures perhaps haven't quite captured the  scale of the museum or quite how amazing it is. You can see other people's pictures here. We can't recommend Beamish highly enough for a day long, family friendly visit.

Here we see a printer in the print shop...








In the bank...

At the bakers...


In the garage...
At the shops...

At school...










Down the mine...



In the miners' cottage...

At the farm...

















The working fish and chip shop. Delicious!

The advertising boards around Beamish are printed enamel on steel and then fired in a kiln.








Beamish isn't far from the Metro Centre in Gateshead. We ended up at a Pizza Express there, which had little touches commemorating the industrial past of the area and little nods to the Angel of the North Sculpture.


Steel tiles in the loo!

The Angel of the North, by Anthony Gormley