Beamish here we come !

Posted on 18th July, 2016

Friday a group of Year 10 Speech and Language therapy students went on a day trip to Beamish Open Air Museum with Miss Bradburn, Mrs Greenhalgh and Mr Machin They set off early morning one Friday and arrived at Beamish Museum just before 11am.

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1920’s, 1900’s & 1940’s.

The museum was the vision of Dr Frank Atkinson, the museum’s founder and first director. He had visited Scandinavian folk museums in the early 1950’s and he was inspired to create an open air museum for the North East. Frank wanted the new museum to “illustrate vividly” the way of life of “ordinary people” and bring the region’s history alive.
Beamish remains true to his principles today and brings history to life for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Year 10 wanted to learn about life in the 1820s and 1913 to help them with their English Literature poetry and texts.

During the visit the students had the opportunity to do a task about social responsibility, in which they were asked to go around the ‘pit’ village and interview different residents about whether they knew anything about the abandoned baby in the village to test their understanding and questioning skills. In addition they got to ride on a vintage bus and tram, visit the sweet shop, go down a mine, have traditional fish and chips - which was voted a huge success, visit the dentist (gruesome!) and have a look round a 1940's farm. 

It was a long day for everyone but they all agreed ‘A great learning experience was had by all !’

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