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Beamish Museum: Transport Through Time

Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum
Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum

Half-term theme throughout the ages, October 24-November 3

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, in County Durham, has unveiled its half-term Transport Through Time event, with a host of activities.

Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum
Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum

Events include:

  • Collect special Beamish transport tickets from the entrance and get the ticket clipped as children spot different types of transport.
  • Draw your favourite route around the museum in the style of a Georgian map at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall.
  • See the latest innovation in Georgian technology at 1820s Pockerley Waggonway as you enjoy a steam train ride and meet the pack pony.
  • In The 1900s Town, have a go on the bike dynamo in the garage and create and race paper aeroplanes in the Masonic Hall.
  • Have a go at the go-karts at the Beamish Fairground.
  • Catch a steam train ride at Rowley Station from Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3.
  • ​Outside the tram depot, dress up in costume and sit in the driver’s seat of one of the Beamish buses.
Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum
Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum

Agricultural vehicles

Marvel at a tractor display at The 1940s Farm and have a go at making cotton reel tanks.

Build your own Meccano vehicle in the 1950s welfare hall and then race your creation across the room.

In the Open Stores, see the Step Back in Time exhibition, with objects including snowshoes, ice skates, roller skates and different types of shoes through the ages.

Members of the Invalid Carriage Register will present their first working demonstration of invalid carriages from Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3. These vehicles provided independent transport for disabled people from after the First World War until 1976.

Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum
Transport Through Time half-term event. Picture; Beamish Museum

‘Forgotten part of social history’

Simon Mckeown, Director of the Invalid Carriage Register, said: “Invalid carriages were often bright blue, three-wheeled vehicles provided by the NHS to disabled people. With only around 400 left in the world, they represent an amazing, yet forgotten, part of social, cultural and manufacturing British history.

“For the first time ever we will present a working demonstration of invalid carriages, driving four extremely rare examples around the museum.”

Beamish has been working with community groups to look at the 1950s and transport in Newcastle. Activities have included making personalised transport maps and model buses.

Transport Through Time is included in admission and is free for Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members.

Beamish Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. From November 4 to March 27, 2020, opening hours will change from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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