A tick off my fabulist – Visit Beamish

I had always wanted to visit Beamish.  For those who don’t know what Beamish is, it is an open air living working museum in the North East of England.  Based in Stanley, County Durham, it’s a living museum to depict everyday life in the early industrialised 20th century.  The Brainchild of the then director of the Bowes museum, Frank Atkinson.  He was inspired by Scandinavian folk museums, and realising the North East’s traditional industries and communities were disappearing, he set about collecting memorabilia.  Beamish Hall had recently been vacated by the National Coal Board, and was decided to be a suitable location.  In 1970 it opened its doors to visitors and now attracts over ½ million visitors per year.Continue reading “A tick off my fabulist – Visit Beamish”