Those who have been following us since the start of December last year may recall that we reported having been shown round several aged miners’ homes by the Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes Association.
Six months later, and today the Museum has been able to announce that we’re intending to replicate a block of four homes from the complex at Marsden Road in South Shields. These homes were opened in 1915 and were extremely well equipped for the time – even including an indoor toilet! The way that this demonstrates the Association’s clear concern to provide top-quality social housing, before the Council built social housing movement really got started, was one of the main reasons for choosing these homes. We think they look very attractive with their lovely Edwardian detailing too. They’re also both a nice link with the period of exhibits in Beamish’s current town, as well as a good contrast with the more minimalist styling of the later 1950s built buildings we’re planning.
In order to represent the Buildings Team at the press call at Marden Road, John grabbed his absurdly large 50s glasses, donned a nylon cardigan and a woollen tie and headed down towards the seaside!
To read more about the intended use of the buildings as a centre for our work with elderly people and those living with dementia and other disabilities, visit the museum’s website here.