Beamish Museum is looking for experienced construction workers to help bring history to life with a new £18m expansion that will include a 1950s Town and coaching inn.
Tradespeople, including bricklayers, stonemasons, general labourers, joiners, electricians and plumbers, are being asked to get in touch if they’d like to work on the Remaking Beamish project, the largest in the museum’s 48-year history. Construction apprenticeships will also be created, with the opportunity to learn alongside skilled mentors.
Work is already underway on the development, which will see 30 new exhibits added in a 1950s Town, 1950s Farm, and expansion of the Georgian Landscape, including a coaching inn, where visitors can stay overnight.
Michelle Lagar, Remaking Beamish project officer (skills), said: “We’re looking for qualified and experienced local tradespeople who would like the opportunity to work on this unique project.
“Our in-house Buildings Team have extensive experience in creating both historical and modern buildings but, to deliver a project of this size, we need to grow our construction capacity.
“We’re looking for flexible tradespeople with extensive experience of working on large multi-site building projects. We’d like to hear from people who have an eye for quality and attention to detail and are available for short and long term contracts.
“We are calling for expressions of interest from tradespeople who would like to join our trade register as directly employed labour and are confident they can meet the demands of working on this high-profile and exciting project.”
The Remaking Beamish project will create almost 100 new jobs and training opportunities, including up to 50 apprenticeships. It is also set to attract an extra 100,000 tourists.
Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded £10.9m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The 1950s Town will feature a cinema – being moved from Sunderland – community centre, homes, shops, cafe, bowling green and fish and chip shop. Aged miners’ homes will provide a dedicated centre for older people, including those living with dementia. Artist Norman Cornish’s former home will be recreated, including the studio he donated to the museum.
Spain’s Field Farm, from Weardale, has been deconstructed and will be rebuilt at Beamish to tell the story of rural life in the 1950s.
The building project will take place over the next three to four years and the museum will remain open during the project.