Beamish, The Living Museum of the North offers unique educational experiences and is a fantastic location for inspiring learning. The museum offers a wide range of educational activities, from Early Years to GCSE and beyond.
Beamish is unique. Objects aren’t locked away in glass cases, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Buildings from throughout the North East have been brought to Beamish and rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Costumed staff bring these exhibits to life, telling the story of North East England in the early 1800s, early 1900s and 1940s.
For primary school pupils, a whole variety of curriculum themes can be explored: history, local history and chronology, English, science, technology, engineering, art and creativity. KS2 and KS3 students can develop their history, local history and chronology and cross-curricular knowledge, participating in a wide range of enquiry-based activities and becoming fully immersed in their learning.
Many schools undertake a self-guided visit to Beamish, usually split into smaller groups of children. Some are following up a topic started in the classroom and have specific themes they wish to explore during the visit; others use a visit to introduce a new area of work.
There are four main areas at Beamish:
The 1820s Landscape – experience life in the Georgian era. Learn about Georgian medicine, early industrialisation and investigate the murder of Joe the Quilter.
1900s Town – discover what life was like in the 1900s. Use your mathematical skills to turn earnings into a meal for a family of seven, take part in a Suffragette march and find out why the Victorians invested so much time in the taking of a photograph.
1900s Pit Village – learn about the way of life for a miner in The 1900s Pit Village. Take a Victorian lesson in the school, find out about poor 12-year-old James White and an accident in the coal mine, and discover how the miners’ safety lamp works with an explosive demonstration!
1940s Farm – be part of the Home Front at The 1940s Farm. Be an evacuee and learn about blackouts, air raid shelters, rationing and the Home Guard and discover what life was like during the Second World War.
Increasingly, schools book one of the many educational activities on offer. These are delivered in period areas by experienced, costumed staff. Activities last between one and one-and-a-half hours and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.
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Summer season - 10am to 5pm
Winter season - 10am to 4pm
Beamish, DH9 0RG
Beamish is in County Durham, UK, some 12 miles North West of historic Durham City and 8 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne.