School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, occupies a 300-acre site near Stanley in County Durham. Its famous open-air recreations depict life in the North East in different periods from the 1820s to 1940s.

The site includes:

  • a town
  • railway station
  • colliery
  • pit village
  • farm

Objects from the museum's collections are on display in their original contexts, rather than locked in cases.

The museum has an archive of photographs, oral history recordings, books and trade catalogues. These are being digitised 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.

This helped to shape The Talk of the Toon, a freely-accessible website which presents interviews from the early 1970s to the 2000s. The format is aimed at users in school and museum contexts, as well as members of the general public.

The museum 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.

This helps to create an illustrated chronicle of the stories, memories, thoughts and opinions of the people of Tyneside, in their own words.

Find out more on the Beamish website.