City of the 1950s Beamish Museum opens in time for February midterm – with the official opening streamed live on Facebook


The opening date for the 1950s Terrace of the Beamish Museum has arrived, with a week of celebrations to commemorate the long-awaited occasion.

The latest addition to the living museum, Front Street Terrace, includes a cafe, fish and chips, hairdresser and a recreation of North East artist Norman Cornish’s 1950s home.

Visitors can enjoy an ice cream sundae while listening to the jukebox at John’s Café, a recreation of the popular café in Wingate, County Durham.

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They will be able to get a 1950s hairstyle and pose for photos under the drying racks of Elizabeth’s, which is in a recreation of a terraced store on Bow Street in Middlesbrough.

Fish and chips will be served at Middleton’s, which recreates fish and chips from Middleton St George, near Darlington.

Visitors can also try their hand at drawing at No. 2 Front Street, a recreation of Norman Cornish’s Spennymoor House, and learn more about the Spennymoor settlement.

An official inauguration of the terrace will be broadcast live on February 18 on the museum’s Facebook page.

Spectators will be the first to see the 1950s terrace with an exclusive online-only event as the museum is not open that day.

The museum will then begin a week of opening celebrations from February 19-27 – just in time for February’s midterm.

And families can also ice skate after the museum extended the dates of its pop-up rink from February 19 to 27.

The ice rink did not make its usual annual appearance in the museum grounds at Christmas, but instead made its return in January where it is now open on weekends.

The terrace of The 1950s Town is part of the Remaking Beamish project, which also includes the 1950s Spanish farmhouse and an expansion of the Georgian landscape, including early industries and overnight accommodation.

All visitors will need to pre-book an entry timeslot to visit the museum – timeslots from February 19 to March 27 can be booked online now.

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