Visitors are invited to solve age-old crimes, learn traditional skills and take part in Home Guard drills as Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, enjoys a Summer of Fun.
A host of hands-on activities will be taking place at the museum every day of the week, beginning with Mystery Mondays when visitors can take part in a Joe the Quilter Murder Mystery, before taking a trip to The 1900s Town to help the police constable solve a crime. Can you pick the guilty person from the line up?
Become an inventor as you create your own self-propelled vehicles in The 1900s Pit Village band hall during Tinkering Tuesdays. Listen to stories of the Suffragettes, then grab a placard and sash and join in the campaign to get women the vote during Women’s Wednesday.
Try your hand at traditional skills ,,such as proggy mat making or bread making, during Try it Thursdays. Enjoy 50s Fridays and take a look around the 1950s front room at No. 6 Ravensworth Terrace and see if you can work out who used to live there.
Take part in Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm during Soldiering Saturdays, and hear tales of homecoming from the First World War as peace is declared during Celebration Sundays.
In addition to the full programme of events, visitors can pick up a free Beamish Bingo card from the entrance and search for 10 items around the museum, answering questions and learning as they go.
As well as the Summer of Fun event, visitors can experience the excitement and community spirit of the 50s with the museum’s new 1950s welfare hall. The first building to open in the 1950s Town as part of the Remaking Beamish project.
The hall is a replica of Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare Hall and Community Centre, near Bishop Auckland, which opened in 1957. Beamish worked closely with the community members at the original hall – now known as Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre – who shared memories, stories and objects.
There’s a packed schedule of events at the new welfare hall for visitors to enjoy. Take part in art based activities every Monday, visit the Youth Club each Tuesday and explore your theatrical side on Wednesdays.
Visit the NHS Mother and Baby Clinic on Thursdays to find out more about bringing up a baby in the 1950s. Call in to the coffee morning for a cuppa each Saturday and Sunday morning and enjoy music from the 1950s during the afternoons.
When: On until 28th August 2019
Where: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
£: Admission costs £19.50 for adults, £14.50 for seniors and students, and £11.50 for children. Family passes also available. Tickets are valid for one year.
More info: www.beamish.org.uk