Beamish is a living, working museum that uses its collections to connect with people from all walks of life and tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England. The museum presents everyday life in the 1820s, the early 1900s, the 1940s and the 1950s in both rural and urban landscapes. Beamish also has a fully working tramway and bus service that operates on a daily basis to transport visitors around the museum.
The museums 1820s area includes stories about the development of the railways at the Waggonway, a recreation of the home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Headley, St Helen's Church, moved to the museum from Eston near Middlesbrough and Pockerley Old Hall, the home of a tenant farmer.
In the 1900s Pit Village you can visit a row of Pit Cottages, a Fried Fish Shop, a School, a Weslyan Methodist Chapel from nearby Beamish village, Pit Pony Stables and a Silver Band Hall.
Open-air museums are always looking for ways to engage the public. What is the best way to offer visitors a glimpse into the past? How can open-air museums be used to address issues of interpretation and social responsibility in the modern world?
Blending the Material and the Digital: A Project at the Intersection of Museum Interpretation, Academic Research, and Experimental Archaeology
Interpretation is a fundamental part of how we communicate heritage to the public, but what does the term ‘interpretation’ actually mean? Peter Inker and Angela Pfenninger join us to explore the world of interpretation.