Beamish is a world famous open-air museum telling the story of the people of North East England. The history of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life is told by their costumed staff and volunteers in a unique living and working museum. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt there so as to preserve the physical heritage of the North East.
Beamish is also building 'The People's Collection', which is an online space for communities to share and recreate a picture of the region's past. This project is in its early stages, but already includes selections from the museum's photographic archive, and audio as well as object collections.
As a result of the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English project to which Beamish acted as a collaborating partner, the School has developed strong links with the museum from which students can benefit. A number of undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics modules in the School focus on the dialect of the North East so that Beamish's oral history audio collection is an invaluable resource for teaching, research and student projects.