The blog has been a little quiet lately, but this has been due to the extensive behind the scenes preparations ahead of the announcement (and following relaxation of government restrictions) that Beamish will be reopening on the 23rd July…
Here is the formal notification of this, as appearing on our website and social media:
We’re excited to announce that Beamish will be reopening its doors on 23rd July 2020! We’ve missed you all and can’t wait to welcome you back to the museum.
The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority as always and we’re working through the details of yesterday’s Government announcement, and will be sharing more information soon about visiting Beamish.
To keep everyone safe, we’re introducing health and hygiene measures across our 350-acre open air museum site. Entry will need to be by pre-booked timeslot for all visitors, including Friends of Beamish members and Unlimited Pass holders. In early July, we’ll be announcing more details of how to book tickets and information about pass and membership enquiries. We have a huge museum site so it will take a little while to work through and implement the Government COVID-19 updates announced yesterday, and we’ll be opening individual exhibits based on safety guidelines. We’ll keep you updated as we complete our preparations for reopening.
In the meantime, we just want to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to everyone for your support and understanding – it really means a lot to us, and we just can’t wait to see you again soon!
The museum will be posting more on social media shortly with regard to booking tickets and what will be open for visitors – so please don’t contact us via the blog for information as we want to have a unified and centrally posted message around reopening.
What I can say is that the reopening will be phased and it has to consider the operational and financial viability of reopening exhibits. At this stage we are not planning to operate any of the transport exhibits in the first phase of reopening, but this will remain under review and we have numerous practical measures that we can put in place to ensure that this area is COVID-19 Secure, when it becomes appropriate to do so.
We also have a fund raising appeal online now:
As might be imagined, the challenges are enormous for a museum that relies on the admission sales and secondary spend of its visitors for 95% of its annual income, and which has missed a large part of the 2020 season due being closed as a result of COVID-19. If you do feel able to support us, please do visit the museum’s website (link above) where donations can be made to the recovery fund.
Crosville 716 (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle)
Work on the Leyland Cub has restarted, albeit at a somewhat slower pace – both in terms of the social distancing implemented at the contractor’s workplace and the need to pace the work schedule to align with our own available resources. Paintwork has progressed well lately, and a number of detail fittings have also been added as the bus takes shape. I’m not going to say when we hope to have it completed by – everything is rather up in the air for obvious reasons.