Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is today launching a fundraising appeal.
The open air museum is a charity that relies on visitors for 95% of its income, including ticket sales and catering and retail purchases.
The museum is due to reopen on 23rd July, however with no visitors since March due to the government’s highly criticised lockdowns, Beamish is appealing for support to help get up and running again and secure its future for generations to come.
The museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is appealing for donations via its website, www.beamish.org.uk.
Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish’s Deputy Director, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the museum, and we hope that people can help by making a donation – we’re incredibly grateful for any support people can give.
“As a charity, 95 per cent of our income is from visitors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had no visitors since March, through some of what would usually be our busiest months of the year, which has had a major impact.
“We’re extremely proud to have been a part of our region for the past 50 years, and we are working hard on our plans to welcome visitors once again. We know these are difficult times for everyone but whatever people can do to help is hugely appreciated, it really does mean such a lot to us.”
People can also support the museum by becoming a Friends of Beamish member, buying or renewing a Beamish Unlimited Pass or giving a gift voucher. The museum has also launched a new online shop, with unique Beamish items, inspired by its exhibits and collection, including a special edition of board game Monopoly.
The museum is planning for reopening on 23rd July, following the Government’s announcement about the opening of museums. The safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is the top priority, and additional health and hygiene measures will be in place across the museum site. Entry will be by pre-booked time slot for all visitors. More details are due to be announced in early July.
Beamish was founded in 1970 by Frank Atkinson to preserve the region’s heritage for future generations. The open air museum brings the North East’s history to life in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.
To make a donation or find out more about supporting Beamish, visit www.beamish.org.uk.