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Beamish – The Living Museum of the North Celebrates 40 years

2010 marks a milestone in the story of Beamish, the North East’s very own living museum – its 40th birthday. Way back in 1970, the first two members of staff took up their duties and Beamish came into being. In August that year, founder Director Frank Atkinson took up his full-time post and the three staff, along with many of the social history and industrial collections moved into Beamish Hall and Beamish was born. From the very first exhibition ‘Museum in the Making’ in 1971 to the Beamish we all know and love today, millions of visitors from throughout the world have passed through the gates.

What’s to come later in this 40th Anniversary Year? Later this year visitors will be able to take a ride on the restored Steam Gallopers – this 116-year-old carousel is one of the finest in the country. We will be refurbishing our entrance building and tea rooms and visitors can also follow their noses to a coal-fired Fish & Chip shop in the Pit Village.

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Tel: 0191 370 4000
Fax: 0191 370 4001

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