Beamish open air museum is a wonderful place to visit. Everything in Beamish museum is set in 1913, everybody is dressed up in costumes from that time and the attention to detail is amazing.
You definitely need more than one day to see everything though as the site is so vast. We only saw half of what is available, so plan to go back next summer and finish it off. Hopefully the 50’s town will be open by then, as that is something I am really excited to see.
While we were there I discovered that women were not allowed their own money, that they always had to wear gloves when they were outside just in case they made accidental skin to skin contact with a man other than their husband, they dressed only in what their husband deemed appropriate and they couldn’t even remove their hat unless their husband permitted it, also flashing even their ankles was severely frowned upon. (were ankles particularly sexy?) Women in 1913 were not even remotely close to the top of any social ladder, they were well and truly at the bottom.
I’m sure that there are many other tales that we could have heard about the women in 1913, but unfortunately we ran out of time. Like I say, the place is massive.
I’m not sure I would fit in too well in 1913 😂 but I suppose at that time they didn’t know what the future was going to bring.
Overall people seemed relatively happy with their lot back then. They had a roof over their heads and food in their bellies, but it wasn’t an easy life and the miners had it exceptionally bad. Working long hours in dark, damp, hideous conditions, for a pittance.
I’m happy however that women have now risen in the ranks and evened out the playing fields somewhat.
If you get a chance to go to Beamish then do so, it’s amazing. Also, get yourself to the chippie there – it’s delicious. Make sure though that you get there early as the queue is huge if not. Also a little tip: if you see the price list and it says ‘Dab & Chips’ that means half a fish and chips 👍
All in all it’s been brilliant and we can’t wait to go back.