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In response to Government guidanace on Coronavirus, Beamish will be closed from 4pm on Friday, 20th March.

The health and wellbeing of visitors, staff and volunteers remains, as always, our number one priority.  We expect the museum to be closed until at least 1st May but all Government advice will be continually monitored and kept under review.

We thank you for all your understanding during these difficult and unprecedented times for everyone. We particularly thank you for your continued Friendship, and support, as Beamish needs its Friends more than ever at present.

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends of Beamish, please follow this link. Donations to the Friends   Donations can be made from £1 upwards and are all gratefully received.

The Friends will continue to service your membership and respond to you as soon as possible but please note our access is limited to email communication due to the museum site closure.

Annual General Meeting - Cancelled

Due to the on-going restrictrictions on Social Gatherings, we have decided to cancel our AGM which was due to be held on the 16th May. This decision was taken having consulted Government, and Charity Commission, guidance relating to the unprecedented situation we are all experienceing due to the Covid-19 virus.


Friday Evening Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

April 24th 2020  8:00pm  Remaking Beamish an Update - Natasha Anson Cancelled

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

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.

To keep up to date with Transport Developments at Beamish visit  Beamish Transport OnLine

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 for a whole year.
  • Free quarterly magazine (worth £3.00).
  • Discount on the Museum guidebook.
  • 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 (excludes Sun Inn, Fairground and Photographic Experience).
  • 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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