In this post I’ve been asked by Matthew Henderson, the man behind many of the new products that are now available to purchase from our physical and online shops, if I would reference some of the transport related products that are available to buy and which may be of interest as Christmas approaches… Over to Matthew:
A wide range of gifts available online to support the museum during these difficult times, many of them inspired by our collections and made at the museum – such as sweets, gingerbread and Christmas cakes! Beamish Monopoly continues to be popular, do explore the online shop https://beamish.digitickets.co.uk/category/27688?navItem=173817 but here are a few of the new transport products:
Thank you Matthew! Obviously at this time it is important for us to generate as much revenue as we can via our non-operational avenues – retail being the biggest element of this during this second phase of lockdown. Matthew has worked hard to develop the range online as well as within the shops on site, and there are many other ideas brewing for further products. I am also mindful of having several books on the stocks that need developing further towards publication. These include a revision of the tramway book (which sold out very quickly) and which will include trolley and motorbuses as well as additional pages and images in the next edition.
We now have to earn the money to develop ideas like this so it may be a little while yet before this book appears, but it will be the next in the range I expect. I also have ideas about creating a more developed history of the transport collections at Beamish and the construction, operation, closure, reopening of the various railway exhibits over time. This is more of a medium to long term project though. Meanwhile I also intend to continue to write articles and solicit other material that we can have published or feature on the blog (the recent series by Ian Bean on the cycle collection being a good example of this). The aim always being to present accurate and comprehensive information relating to the collection at Beamish.