Beamish The Living Museum of the North

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North East

Beamish, , DH9 ORG

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Well known for history, Beamish Museum is a fantastic resource for inspiring learning across the curriculum and the museum offers a wide range of activities, from early years to GCSE and beyond.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Business Studies | Science Discovery Centre | Picnic Areas | Outdoor Education | Museums | Historical Heritage | Science | PSHE | Mathematics | History | Engineering | English | Drama / Performing Arts | Citizenship | Themed Attraction

What we offer

Well known for history, Beamish Museum is a fantastic resource for inspiring learning across the curriculum and the museum offers a wide range of activities, from early years to GCSE and beyond.

A visit to Beamish is the perfect way to engage students in a unique setting. Enquiry- based activities and immersive learning give pupils the opportunity to ask and reflect, enquire and learn, know and understand.

Costumed staff are at the very heart of Beamish and the opportunity to question, interpret, interact and empathise makes the learning at Beamish truly memorable.

What makes us a great choice?

Beamish is unique. Objects aren?t locked away in glass cases and there are no do not touch? signs. Buildings from throughout the north east have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Costumed staff bring these buildings to life, telling the story of the people 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. Beamish offers KS3 students a wide range of engaging activities focused on enquiry, immersion, history and chronology.

Group Sizes Catered For

Minimum group size for educational rates - 10 pupils. Beamish is a very large open air museum and can accept whole school bookings.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

CPD and Training - Throughout the year the museum organizes development days exploring aspects of the wider curriculum, supporting teacher needs. These are for teachers from all key stages, full details are available on the website - www.beamish.org.uk/learning.

Online Resources - The Beamish website, www.beamish.org.uk/learning gives details of all the activities on offer. A wide range of supporting teaching resources, linked to activities, can be downloaded. Further information, including hazard identifications to support teacher risk assessments, how to book and outreach is included.

Loan Boxes - A limited number of loan boxes is available for teachers to use in the classroom. Boxes are themed, e.g. Childhood, Washday, School Days, Shopping. Telephone 0191 370 4012 for details.

Complimentary tickets - complimentary tickets are available to teachers who have booked a visit to assist with planning.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children are welcome to take photographs, audio and video both indoors and outdoors.

Risk Assessment Details

Hazard identifications for school visits can be downloaded from the museum's website to support teacher risk assessments. Complimentary tickets are available once a visit is booked to undertake risk assessment.

Education Officer Information

Beamish has an innovative Learning Team, led by Simon Woolley, Head of Learning, tel. 0191 370 4011, email 

Pricing Information

Educational visit (until 31st January 2018) £6 per child (standard child rate £11). One adult admitted free of charge to every five pupils.

Cost of educational activities varies from £35 to £60. Full details on the website - http://www.beamish.org.uk/learning/learning-activities/

Clothing Requirements

Specific clothing not required. Beamish is a large open air site - sensible shoes should be worn, waterproof jackets advisable on wet days.

First Aid Information

Beamish has a number of qualified first-aiders, it is not necessary for schools to bring their own.

Available Facilities

Several catering outlets - tea room in The Town is a self-service restaurant and there is a coffee shop in the Entrance. Take-away snacks are available at The 1940s Farm and Pit Village, ice creams are available at The Town kiosk.

There are many open spaces, some with picnic tables, around the museum which can be used for picnics. A number of free indoor lunch spaces are available, these must be booked in advance.

The Jubilee Sweetshop in The Town sells a wide range of sweets, many of them hand-made on the premises. Traditional bread, cakes and biscuits are made and sold in Herron's Bakery in The Town.

Gifts and souvenirs are available in the stationer's shop and Co-op shops in The Town. The Gift Shop at the Entrance sells a wide range of books, postcards, souvenirs and gifts.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Beamish is a large open air museum with many historic buildings, some of which are not completely accessible to visitors. It is a hands-on museum. Many sounds, smells, tastes and textures can be experienced; and objects, surfaces and textiles handled making for a multi-sensory experience.

To create an authentic feel, there are a variety of ground surfaces, some of which are uneven by nature. There are steep slopes in places, and some buildings and exhibits have stepped access.

If a disabled visitor requires another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge.

A comprehensive guide to accessibility at Beamish can be downloaded from the website - http://www.beamish.org.uk/accessibility/

Accessible toilets are available at the Entrance Building (with Invacare Reliant 350 Stand Assist); The Town; Pockerley Old Hall; Pockerley Waggonway; 1940s Farm; Pit Village; Colliery and Fairground.

Opening Hours & Information

Beamish is open all year (except Mondays and Fridays in January to mid-February). April to October 10am to 5pm, November to March 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.


Hartlepool Sixth Form College - Year 12/13 teacher

?A very good day out, all students provided good comments and enjoyed their day.?

Welland Park Academy - Year 7 teacher

?The lessons were excellent, thoroughly enjoyed by all. We had a fantastic day a usual, even the weather held off! Your staff were very welcoming and answered all our children's questions.?

Bishop Barrington School - Year 10 teacher

?The staff that we spoke to on the day were extremely helpful and knowledgeable which made all 3 days run smoothly. Thank you!?

Excelsior Academy - Year 8 teacher

?To work in groups as detectives to figure out what happened on a specific date in the past, using the clues they collected. Great day. Very well organised and kept to a good timetable. Students loved it.?

Southmoor Academy - Year 8 teacher

?The activity was very enjoyable and utilised skills that the students will be using when they start their GCSE course next year. All staff and characters? were very helpful and friendly. The pupils had a fantastic time and we hope to visit again next year. Also - the pupils highly recommended the activity and felt it was pitched at the right? age.?

Durham Gilesgate Primary School - Year 1 teacher

?Excellent trip! Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed and the children came back to school talking lots about what they had learnt!?

Atkinson Road Primary - KS 2 teacher

?All sessions were interactive and interesting. The staff around Beamish have been very helpful and understanding towards our non-English speaking classes. Once they have known they have adapted the sessions accordingly. As we have been coming each week the children have benefited greatly from the interaction with the staff.?

East Stanley Primary - Year 1 teacher

?Really good activity, children got the chance to play with lots of old toys and make a toy. Well delivered, engaging. Really enjoyable activity.?

Tanfield Lea Community Primary - Year 5/6 teacher

?The children had a great day and learned a lot from the experiences. They enjoyed baking carrot cookies and making blackout blinds.

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