Beamish unveils £29m scheme - Museums Association

Beamish unveils £29m scheme

The Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham has unveiled radical redevelopment plans costing more than £29m. Visitors have plateaued …
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The Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham has unveiled radical redevelopment plans costing more than £29m.

Visitors have plateaued at 300,000 over the past five years and Miriam Harte, the director, told Museums Journal that a bold vision was needed to ensure a sustainable future. A development document, called The Prospect of Beamish, includes plans for a visitor centre and reception, interpretation of the surrounding landscape, a new education facility, and adding to the existing period areas.

It is hoped the £29.7m investment will increase visitor numbers by 200,000 to 500,000 a year, bring another 380 full-time jobs to the region and generate an increased turnover at the museum of £3.6m with an additional £15m going into the local economy.

The plan also includes an onsite hotel with up to 300 beds. The cost of the hotel is not included in the redevelopment budget and is expected to be met by a commercial operator. The aim is to get visitors to stay onsite overnight by offering an accommodation and entrance fee package.

The museum will be seeking funding from a variety of sources including the European Union, the government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and regional organisations.

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