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October half-term at Beamish Museum

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Learn about the history of healthcare this half-term. Picture; Beamish Museum
Learn about the history of healthcare this half-term. Picture; Beamish Museum

History of Health and 1950s home movies

See the pills and potions on offer in the chemist’s, and take a trip to the dentist’s to find out about the dangers of Edwardian dentistry at Beamish Museum, County Durham this half-term.

Find out about NHS70, a Heritage Lottery Funded project, and share your memories of the NHS.

Discover wartime first aid training at The 1940s Farm, have a go at wound dressing and learn about traditional life-saving techniques (Saturday, October 20 and 27).

Visit the field nursing station and discover if you have what it takes to work on a Second World War battlefield (every day except Saturday, October 20 and 27).

Learn about the museum’s health and wellbeing work in the Land Girls’ cottage, looking at links with the NHS and working with people living with dementia (Monday, November 22 to Friday, 26).

Learn about the history of healthcare. Picture; Beamish Museum
Learn about the history of healthcare. Picture; Beamish Museum

Helping vulnerable people

At The 1940s Farm, you can also hear about the new Herbert Protocol, a national scheme encouraging carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Visit the Open Stores at the Regional Resource Centre to view a new display of medical objects.

Beamish is also hosting a Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 20, teaming up with the North East Film Archive to show fascinating film footage, as part of the Home Movie Day worldwide celebration.

The North East Film Archive preserves a treasure trove of films, celebrating the past 100 years of the region’s history.

Amateur footage, including films such as Downstream Through Durham, will be shown in the 1950s front room in The Town’s Ravensworth Terrace (No.6).​

How we used to keep healthy... Picture; Beamish Museum
How we used to keep healthy… Picture; Beamish Museum

Hunt for precious old film and videos

The North East Film Archive has launched its Search & Rescue campaign, asking people to dig out forgotten film and videotape that records life in the region and to deposit them with the archive so they can be preserved for future generations.

The campaign is part of the North East on Film project, which aims to find, preserve, digitise and share the region’s moving image heritage.

Donations of films cannot be made during this day however you will be able to find out more about the projects at the event.

A History of Health and Home Movie Day are included in admission and are free for Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members.

Beamish Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3pm). For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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