Beamish needs your clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A mu­seum in the north-east of Eng­land is ap­peal­ing to own­ers of 1950s cars to get in touch, as plans to build a vil­lage set in that pe­riod have been ap­proved – and clas­sics will be a big part of it.

The £17m scheme at Beamish Mu­seum, County Durham, has been given the green light by coun­cil plan­ners.

The full project is now sub­ject to a £10m Her­itage Lot­tery Fund do­na­tion be­ing ap­proved, a de­ci­sion on which is ex­pected in June. If it goes ahead, the vis­i­tors’ at­trac­tion will in­clude the re­build­ing of a cin­ema from Ry­hope, Sun­der­land, as well as a North­ern Gen­eral bus de­pot, so­cial hous­ing and shops.

Mu­seum spokesman Paul Jar­man says: ‘Gain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion is ex­cel­lent news. The idea of the 1950s vil­lage is to bring Beamish into liv­ing mem­ory for many peo­ple.’

Paul an­tic­i­pates that clas­sic cars will have a key role, and adds: ‘The ex­act na­ture of the site will de­pend on the HLF grant but what­ever hap­pens some of the devel­op­ment will go ahead. The vil­lage will be a great back­drop for clas­sic gath­er­ings and we also wel­come any­one who has a car they might like to do­nate.’

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