COVID-19 pandemic has slashed museum’s income
Beamish Museum has launched a fundraising appeal to secure its future after revenue plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The County Durham open-air museum is a charity that relies on visitors for 95 per cent of its income, including ticket sales, catering and retail purchases.
The museum is due to reopen on July 23, however with no visitors since March, this has had a significant effect on its finances.
The museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is appealing for donations via its website, www.beamish.org.uk.
‘Huge impact on the museum’
Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish’s deputy director, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the museum and we hope that people can help by making a donation – we’re incredibly grateful for any support people can give.
“We’re extremely proud to have been a part of our region for the past 50 years and we are working hard on our plans to welcome visitors once again.
“We know these are difficult times for everyone but whatever people can do to help is hugely appreciated, it really does mean such a lot to us.”
People can also support the museum by becoming a Friends of Beamish member, buying or renewing a Beamish Unlimited Pass, or by giving a gift voucher.
New online shop
The museum has also launched a new online shop, with unique Beamish items, inspired by its exhibits and collection, including a special edition of Monopoly.
When the museum reopens on July 23, the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is the top priority, and additional health and hygiene measures will be in place across the site.
Entry will be by pre-booked time slots for all visitors, and the opening of exhibits will be based on COVID-19 safety guidance. More details will be announced nearer to the opening date.
Beamish was founded in 1970 by Frank Atkinson to preserveNorth East England’s heritage for future generations. The open-air museum brings history to life in 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.
To make a donation or find out more about supporting Beamish, visit www.beamish.org.uk.