Beamish Museum opened its 1950’s Spain’s Field Farm on Saturday the 19th of March after being moved stone by stone from Weardale to Beamish
Spain’s Field Farm had stood for 100s of years in Eastgate, near Stanhope in Weardale and has now been painstakingly dismantled and moved to the Beamish Museum where it has been rebuilt with great care in order to create an example of the real-life of the regions upland farms during the 1950s.
Visitors to the farm at Beamish will be able to see just what life was like for families in the upland farms through the 1950s. Spain’s Field Farm had no electricity and the water supply was from a nearby spring, families were self-sufficient in those times, growing and making their own foods. The farm also features traditional rural skills for visitors to see alongside the farm kitchen produce.
Spain’s Field Farm will open on weekends at first in order for continuing construction work to be carried out in the 1950s town.
The farm’s relocation is part of the Remaking Beamish project which has been funded by money raised by National Lottery players after it was awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016.
The project will also feature a 1950s town, bus depot and transport alongside the expansion of the 1820s Landscape, which will include Georgian industry and overnight accommodation.
Beamish also recently opened its 1950’s Front Street Terrace which offers a traditional taste of the past, alongside the replicated home of famous North East artist Norman Cornish. The terrace also includes Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s where you can get your hair done – 50s style!
Visitors need to pre-book an entry timeslot to visit the museum online: https://beamish.digitickets.co.uk/tickets