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Remaking Beamish gets Lottery Fund Green light

Staff and volunteers at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North are celebrating a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The funding is a major milestone in Beamish’s history and it will help the museum create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East, in a major project called ‘Remaking Beamish’. It is the largest single investment ever seen at Beamish.

To find out more go to our Online Newsletter

Friday Evening Meetings

 Next Meeting

April 26th 2019   8:00pm                                                                                                                                   Gertrude Bell - Explorer - Marion Anderson

The SOS on the Road (on site)SOS bus in the Colliery Village

SOS bus at the start of restoration







The SOS bus is regularly operated on special events during the year. The photograph above shows the beginning of this lengthy restoration.

What's on at Beamish?

Keep checking for special events at Beamish

See the full list of special events planned for this year at Beamish.

Have a look at these fantastic illustrated diaries by Samuel Tuke Richardson

Click here to journey with him into the past. Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field                 The Road to Albalanda  

Always a Warm Welcome from the Friends.

No matter where you live. We have members from all around Britain and in other parts of the world. You don't have to live locally to join The Friends.

An Independent Registered Charity.

The Friends of Beamish is an Independent Registered Charity protecting and re-creating the regions past for future generations to enjoy. We also assist the official staff of the Museum, where required, with voluntary workers from our membership.

Friends' Membership Deal.

Benefits of Joining the Friends:

  • Friendship.
  • Free admission to the Museum.
  • Free quarterly magazine (worth £3.00).
  • Free copy of the Museum guidebook (worth £4.95).
  • A Gold Membership Package gives you free admission as often as you like PLUS half price day admission for two guests on each visit.
  • Social events and special behind the scenes visits around the site.
  • 10% discount in the Museum's catering and retail outlets.
  • Special interest tours.
  • Helps support our volunteers and our work for the Museum.

Friends of Beamish Membership Details.

  • Adult Individual Membership: £27.00.
  • Senior Citizen Individual: £22.00.
  • Adult Partners (at same address): £45.00.
  • Senior Citizen Partners: £35.00.
  • Family (1) - 1 Adult and 2 children: £42.00
  • Family (2) - 2 Adults and 1 child: £52.00.
  • Family (3) - 2 Adults and 2 children: £60.00.
  • Young person (5-21 years): £20.00.
  • Gold Membership Package: £50.00. (Free daytime admission for member plus half price day admission for two guests on each visit.)
  • Members Brooch - each: £1.50.

NOTE: fees are payable in pounds Sterling only.

NON-UK members can arrange payment by contacting the Friends' Office.

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