Beamish Museum – A History

The HCSW project team look forward to establishing more links and partnerships with Beamish Museum including working to scan and share items/pictures still to be scanned for the Beamish Collection

Here is a link to a History overview of the museum

History of Beamish

Beamish was the vision of Dr Frank Atkinson, the Museum’s founder and first director.

Frank had visited Scandinavian folk museums in the early 1950s and was inspired to create an open air museum for the North East. He realised the dramatically-changing region was losing its industrial heritage. Coal mining, ship building and iron and steel manufacturing were disappearing, along with the communities that served them.

Frank wanted the new museum to “illustrate vividly” the way of life of “ordinary people” and bring the region’s history alive.
Beamish remains true to his principles today and brings history to life for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Frank passed away on 30th December 2014.

More about Frank on this link

A video about visiting the museum

Please do comment with your own memories of visiting

Also if you would be interested in working on the “scanning” project please do get in touch

HCSW project team

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