This post contains all my best photographs from the Beamish living museum in County Durham which I haven’t yet published.
We went to Beamish twice during our holiday, partly because Beamish has a policy that an entry ticket allows any number of entries over the next year, and partly because it’s such an interesting and large place that we needed two days to see everything !
Transport around the museum is by traditional trams and busses, although walking is also possible. When we arrived and got through the ticket purchase, we took a 1913 tram and stopped first at Pockerley Manor which is a building which dates from about 1810. I took some pictures around the garden and also some internals of the bedrooms and a grain storage room. I found this quite interesting because my grandmother and father actually lived in an old cottage in Norfolk, and I remember as a child walking through rooms with the same uneven floors and small windows.
After Pockerley, we walked to the Puffing Billy railway, which interested James and Emma particularly. From here I took some pictures of the church and surrounding countryside. We then took another tram into the village and sat in the park next to the bandstand to have lunch. Later in the day, a brass band played in the bandstand, and the museum really did then have the feel of a 1913 village. We took a look in all the local houses and shops, and James and Emma particularly liked the sweet shop where you can see traditional sweets being made in the kitchen at the back. This was probably the most popular shop in the village and it was difficult to get into nearly all the day. We left the village and called it a day for our first visit.
The next visit started at the pithead village and farm where I took some pictures in the Engine Shed as well. Looking round the schoolroom and chapel was particularly interesting and we had a walk round the rest of the museum before walking back into the village so James and Emma could buy some sweets!
All in all this was a very interesting couple of days and I would recommend it to anyone.
The pictures above are all best viewed by individually clicking on them to see them full screen.