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Rebuild and Extension of Beamish Museum,

County Durham

At Abacus Stone Sales, we are lucky enough to count many outstanding and interesting businesses as our clients, including none other than Beamish Museum – the renowned museum which provides a working example of the North East of England throughout the ages.

Rebuild and extension of Beamish Museum
Rebuild and extension of Beamish Museum

Having supplied Beamish with materials for over a decade, we were delighted to be chosen again, in its 50th-anniversary year, to supply them with reclaimed building materials and period antiques, assisting them with the ongoing maintenance and extension of properties at the 300-acre museum.

The buildings you see at Beamish Museum are constructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history and insight into what life was like during the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, war time and fifties periods.

And with a commitment to preserving the world’s energy reserves, Beamish are careful in their choice of suppliers, opting-only for environmentally-conscious organisations. That’s why, when they required Reclaimed Grade A stone and Cathedral-Grade paving flags for the construction of 30 new exhibits and a Georgian Coaching Inn, they came to us.

A four-year project, the scheme will provide visitors with insight into the 1950s, as well comfortable overnight accommodation. The hotel will allow museum-goers to stay over in a replica of the Old Coaching Inn at Scotch Corner; a guesthouse which visitors to the area would have often stayed in, on their journey from London to the North East and Scotland.

As the materials are sustainable, it means that the buildings at Beamish will have a low impact upon the immediate and surrounding environments, blending in seamlessly with the Beamish community. The materials we supplied are supremely durable, meaning they last for hundreds of years and actually improve with age, as weathering gives them a smooth finish and beautiful natural patina.