Taste the North East’s past again from Thursday, July 23
Visitors can take a trip back in time again at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North when it reopens on Thursday, July 23, at 10am, four months after having to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In line with COVID-19 safety guidance, all visitors need to pre-book a timeslot on the museum’s website in advance of their visit.
Additional health and hygiene measures include social distancing of two metres, enhanced cleaning regimes, handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations around the site, glass screens, card/contactless payments only, face coverings as specified in government guidance, and COVID-19 Secure training for all staff and volunteers.
Many of the museum’s exhibits are open, including the sweet shop, Herron’s Bakery, Davy’s chip shop (chips only), 1950s welfare hall, school, band hall, chemist and chapel.
No period transport… yet
One-way systems have been introduced for safe visitor flow. While the museum can’t yet run its period transport, it will be getting these up and running as soon as it is able to.
Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish’s Deputy Director, said: “The museum has felt very strange since we closed in March, missing the sights and sounds that we all associate with the museum. Over these last few months, we have remained positive and optimistic planning our reopening.
“The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority. We’ve reimagined new ways to interpret history within the open-air museum setting that meets with COVID-19 Secure measures.
“We have been bowled over by the support we have received for the museum while we have been closed, and Beamish is as dear to our hearts as it is to all of our communities, friends and supporters.
‘Presenting the region’s heritage’
“So while this period has been a time like no other, we are looking forward to new ways of presenting the region’s heritage that will continue to grow and develop and ensure we secure the museum’s future.”
Beamish launched a fundraising appeal earlier this month, in response to the major impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As a charity, 95 per cent of its income is from visitors, including tickets, catering and retail purchases.
Donations can be made on www.beamish.org.uk. So far more than £10,000 has been donated to secure its future for generations to come.
Beamish will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. To book a visit, go to www.beamish.org.uk.