13th April 2013 - BNS went on a trip to the Beamish Living Museum, located in County Durham - roughly an hour bus journey from Eldon Square. We left the city centre around 10am on the Waggonway service 28 and arrived at the museum close to 11am. On our arrival, the line at the entrance was already long! but nevertheless, it was worth the wait because the museum was amazing!
The Museum is a 300 acre estate and is an open air museum that provides an experience of the everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the peak of industrialisation in the early 20th century. The museum utilised a mixture of translocated original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipments; as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.
Within the museum, we went on tram rides to get from one place to another, but there were still a substantial amount of walking that we had to do, especially towards the end of the our trip. The first stop we went to was the farm home area where we saw a number of farming animals as well as a lady demonstrating how to bake cheese scones! From there, we went to Pit Village and The Colliery. At the village, we got to step into the homes of mining families and also the school. We then made our way to the Railway station, where we had the opportunity to experience a short journey using a steam train. We then took the tram from the railway station to the Town, for some snacks and drinks before continuing our adventure around the museum. In the Town, we managed to see how the banks, shops, dentist and florists were back in the early 20th Century. After that, we went to two other places of the museum before heading back to Newcastle, which were the Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway.
Finally, we left the museum at 6pm and made our way back to Newcastle City Centre, where we decided to grab some dinner before heading back home.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the pictures below!
|At The Farm Home|
|Pit Village's School|
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