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Turning back the clock
Beamish North of England Open Air Museum (Beamish)
Beamish North of England Open Air Museum (Beamish)
Date: 18/06/03, updated on 27/06/03 (163 review reads)
Advantages: realistic, facinating
Beamish North or England Open Air museum
This was interesting for all of my family as we all share the same interest about finding about how people used to live. Going to beamish was a great way to find out. It was like going back in time??????..
This museum is located in County Durham about 12 miles north of Durham city
~~~What it is~~~~
Beamish is like no other museum, you are not cooped up in stuffy rooms looking at objects from centuries ago, the closest I can get to describing it is that you actually get as close to history as you can. Beamish gives you the experience of what life was like in the late 1800?s and early 1900?s of Britain..
They have actually built a little town to how it would have looked in those times. I?ll describe each thing in full later, but you get to go inside all the buildings, and although many of them were newly built, to recreate the turn of the century there are a few original buildings that stand from that time as well, and yes you can nosey around those as well.
~~~ The Manor~~~
This was actually built in 1825, and actually people have been living in that house for hundreds of years. Beamish bought it off the current owner when it started to become derelict and turned it into part of their museum. They have displayed it to how it would have looked in the early 1800?s. There are people or staff actually wandering around in full period costume to make you feel that you are actually walking around somebodys house. There are also demonstrations like how to make candles. This was the only form of light then, they needed a lot as the windows in those days did not let a lot of light through. I don?t know why it was called a manor as it wasn?t all that large although I could plainly see it was divided down the middle, the front for the wealthy and the back for the servants, the conditions for the servants were horrible judging by the museum. Everything was very realistic e
ven down to the meat in one of the store rooms (it was real !!!!!).
The town was constructed just for the purpose of the museum, but they have done a good job it does look as if it was built in the Victorian times. In the town there are shops such as the sweet shop which has all your old sweets stored in glass jars behind the counter. Then there was the shop, where all the goods like furniture and accessories were also behind the counter. You can go into the dentists house and look at all the scary equipment. If you hate the dentist now you wouldn?t have the courage to go then, I?m sure some of the instruments he would have used were lethal. Theres a pub where you can sample the typical ale and food that would have been served in that time. Theres the bank where you can go downstairs and see where they would have kept the money (and the prisoners). And then there are a few middle class houses that you can go have a snoop around.
~~~ The railway~~~
There is also a part of a railway line in the museum and they actually have a train from the 1800?s which they have done up and people can have the opportunity to ride on it up and down the line. I can?t really say much on this as old vehicles aren?t one of my big interests so I wasn?t paying much attention at this part.
This is where the working class would have lived. You get the chance to look in their houses and they are tiny one up one down jobs.. There is also a school there which is typical of what you would expect and isn?t that much different (apart from the furniture) from some schools today). Then near it is the coal mines where you can take a trip down into the murky depths I wouldn?t recommend this if you are tall as I am only 5?3 and I had to bend over double for most of it my back was killing by the end of it.
There is a farm there which again is one of the original buildings and again there are demonstrat
ions like how to make bread. Outside they have the animals which they would have used in the olden days.
As the museum is spread out over a few acres is takes a while to get from one part to the other so the musum have provided the old fashioned trams to take you from a to b. If that doesn?t tickle your fancy there is always the restored bus or the horse and cart.
Is open all year round opening times vary depending on the season. But in the summer its open every day 10 till 5 Prices in the summer are Child £7.00 Adults £12.00
This was lovely all the staff were great and seemed to fit into their roles really well. If you are up north make a day for this its not worth missing
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