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Your 1950s council house could be the model for an exciting new project at Beamish Museum

Any one who has been to Beamish museum will be familiar with the 1900s pit village, the pre-World War I town, and the 1940s farm.

These, among other attractions, are as close as you’ll get to stepping back into the North East’s past.

Now, Beamish is planning an exciting addition to its unique “living history” experience – a 1950s town.

The museum is inviting people to nominate their 1950s semi-detached house and see it replicated at Beamish.

As part of the opening celebrations, you’ll even get the chance to enjoy a short stay in the completed home.

Beamish needs your help to decide which style of semi-detached house should be replicated in its ambitious plans for a new 1950s Town.

If you live, or used to live, in a semi-detached house in the North East, built between 1950 and 1959 and originally constructed as social housing (although not necessarily still social housing) then you can nominate it to be replicated at Beamish. (You might even want to have a chat with your neighbour to get them involved).

Oakridge Road

The house which will be included in the final plan is set to be decided by a public vote between March 27 and 30, 2015.

Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “Our 1950s Town will tell the stories of the North East’s communities during an important decade of change. What better way to do this than by recreating the real homes of real people, to be shared with more than half a million visitors each year?”

Post-war Britain was a time of great change. The construction of new social housing estates in the 1950s was a big part of this change, as town planners tried to build better homes for ordinary people.

If your house is chosen for inclusion in the project, Beamish would like to work with you to explore the history of your home and the impact of the 1950s within your community.

The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953
The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953

The 1950s Town is set to include, in addition to houses, a parade of shops, police house, cafe, cinema and recreation area.

Aged Miners’ Homes will be a centre for people living with dementia and their families and carers, and a 1950s trolleybus system and restored buses will transport visitors.

  • If you’d like to nominate a 1950s semi, complete the online form at http://www.beamish.org.uk. Alternatively, you can send the museum a one-minute video clip, via a YouTube or Facebook link, explaining why you would like your house to be replicated. Closing date for entries is 9am on March 5, 2015. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Beamish website.

Beamish staff will be visiting communities across the North East to share information about the exciting project and encourage people to make nominations.

Go along and find out more at:

  • Sunderland Bridges shopping centre, Saturday, January 24
  • Grainger Market, Newcastle, Saturday, January 31
  • Durham market place, Saturday, February 7
  • King Street, South Shields, Saturday, February 14;
  • Tynemouth Market, Sunday February 22.
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