Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, occupies a 300-acre site near Stanley in County Durham. Its famous open-air recreations of a town, railway station, colliery, pit village and farm depict life in the North East in different periods from the 1820s to 1940s, with objects from the museum's collections therefore displayed in their original contexts, rather than locked away in glass cases. The museum also has an archive of photographs, oral history recordings, books and trade catalogues which are being digitized and presented online in The People's Collection.
Colleagues from Beamish worked on the Advisory Board of the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (DECTE) project, helping to shape The Talk of the Toon, a freely-accessible website which presents interviews from the early 1970s to the 2000s in a format geared towards users in school and museum contexts, as well as members of the general public.
The museum also donated photographs from its archive, to be used as part of the multimedia materials that link to the kinds of themes and events that people talk about in the DECTE interview recordings, thereby helping to create an illustrated chronicle of the stories, memories, thoughts and opinions of the people of Tyneside, past and present, in their own words.