Beamish needs your classics
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.’