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Do you want to know more about the Beamish Collections?

Beamish Collections On Line See more about the Museum collections, with podcasts (audio news recordings), blogs (discussion between staff and visitors online) and soon an education section.


Interested in modelling Sunderland tramways?

Gordon's Trams These pages describe Gordon and Margaret's efforts at tramway modelling since the mid 1990's and the resulting model tramways which have been described in "Tramfare" (the bi-monthly Tramway & Light Railway Society magazine) and in "Railway Modeller" . They have also been seen at many of the model railway exhibitions held in the North East of England since 2002.


Interested in Railway Stations then and now Disused Stations

This excellent site has details of hundreds of disused stations, with details of the lines concerned and thousands of images both old and new.


Do you play an instrument? Then you may be interested in the Cobweb Orchestra

The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award* winning open-access community orchestra based in the North of England.

They welcome players of all standards to their weekly meetings at eight venues between the Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire, and to their programme of study days, residential courses and concerts throughout the region and as far afield as Italy and Hungary.

They are a friendly and welcoming group that exists so that people can enjoy playing music together. It is open to anyone who wants to come along and join in, whether they have just started learning an instrument, have been playing for years, or haven't played for years.


Interested in Britain’s Industrial history. Sledgehammer Engineering Press

Based in West Yorkshire, UK, Sledgehammer Engineering Press specialises in publishing high quality, beautifully produced books about Britain's Industrial history. Alan McEwen is an enthusiastic researcher, writer and photographer of industrial history which has fascinated him from being a youngster. He became Managing Director and Chief Engineer of nationally renowned industrial and heritage boiler engineers, H.A. McEWEN (BOILER REPAIRS) LIMITED, the family firm that he had founded in 1968. Alan retired from the company in November 2007, handing over the reins of the firm that was his life for almost four decades, to his son Alasdair.  He still acts as consultant engineer to his old firm when required.


Two Archive Research Sites.

Both of these research Internet tools are easy to use so give them a try. Just pop in your name, place or company and you may just be lucky.

National Register of Archives.

UK Archives Network.


Recommended Book Database.

Apart from Amazon.com there are other really useful sources of books for sale on the Web. One place on the Internet used by book dealers, to trade and trace rare and specialist books, is the Abebooks website.

If you are simply browsing the site, just type in a keyword or two in the appropriate box, select search by keyword, and you may be surprised by the number of books on the subject you will find. Try "Beamish Museum" or "vintage cycles".


Having trouble finding a part for an older bike?

Try Freemans Cycles as they can probably help.
Their range doesn't just include current equipment. They also stock many obsolete parts for older bikes and rebuilds. Also spares for old trade bikes and original Choppers. Freemans also have a full range of Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub equipment.


Lest We Forget.

The Wartime Memories Project are collecting memories of World War Two before they are lost forever. Lots of personal stories with photographs.
Wartime Memories Project.


English Quilts and Quilters

"It is a well-known fact that quilters are warm and sharing people. This applies to quilt makers and quilt collectors. Mary S, from Folsom, California, shared a wonderful example of this with me, and I thought you would enjoy it to. Like the thought of a quilt, it will bring a smile to your face."
Nine Patch News Articles and Photos.


Coal Mining.

For detailed information on individual coal mines in North East England I highly recommend that you visit the Durham Mining museum website.


Clermont Museum Friends.

See this New York museum website with some interesting features we could use on our own site. Visit the Friends of Clermont USA to see how other Friends groups do it.


The Shuttleworth Collection.

A collection of restored early aircraft, cars, motorbikes and cycles. The photographs on the site, especially, should be really interesting to our membership.
The Shuttleworth Collection.


Another Railway.

Visit the Tanfield Railway website Picture Gallery.


A Directory of Museums and Museum Websites .

See what other museums have to offer. Museums on the Web.


Historic Holiday Accomodation in Gateshead

Historic Holiday Accomodation in Gateshead. Historic Places to Stay near to Beamish.


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