Hetton Band Hall Appeal
A message from John Grundy, "We are proud to be working with the community in Hetton-le-Hole to preserve a fascinating piece of their mining heritage - a Silver Band Hall dating from 1912. The building was in danger of being lost altogether until 2011, when in response to a local campaign it was dismantled brick by brick and taken to Beamish."
Now rebuilt, in the Pit Village, at Beamish, it will help to illustrate everyday life in a typical North East community at the beginning of the 20th century. The Band Hall will provide a space for displaying miners' banners and, of course playing music, as well as much-needed facilities for the 40,000 school children who visit every year.
You can still help?
You can help us by donating on our Justgiving page or text BAND66, followed by the amount to 70070.
British Association of Removers
The British Association of Removers (BAR) organised a unique removal vehicles exhibition and moving procession at Beamish on Saturday, 18th May 2013.
The unique collection of over 15 impressive modern and vintage removals vehicles, representing horse drawn pantechnicons and vintage commercial vans to early-modern removal vehicles, was displayed at Beamish from noon. The vehicles proceeded onto The Town street at 3pm and circled the site, giving viewing and photo opportunities. It is thought that this was the first large display of historic and modern removal vehicles open to members of the public.
Horse Drawn Sweeper
The T Baker and Sons "Albion" Road Sweeper is in regular use.
Can You Help?
This wonderful piece of social history has recently been donated to Beamish. It is a sidecar which was originally fitted to a tandem bicycle. It dates fom the 1930s and was used to transport a child.
We have a suitable tandem bicycle in the collections and would love to attach the sidecar and display them on site at Beamish.
Unfortunately, we do not have the wheel or frame to go with the sidecar. Do you have a suitable frame and wheel or one we could copy? We are reasonably certain that Sandum used a different design to the more common Watsonian sidecars
Events you must not Miss.
Events for Friends
Throughout the year, the Friends organise many special events only available to members. These include, our annual Chair's Christmas Treat, day visits, guided walks and special behind the scenes visits at Beamish.
Don't forget our Friday Evening Meetings which take place from September to April normally on the last Friday of the month - see Social Events and Activities.
Join us now and take part in the fun.
There's always something to see at Beamish.
See the full list of special events at Beamish.