Today is the last opportunity to take part in the vote for which of nine publicly-nominated local 1950s semi-detached houses will be replicated at Beamish
and to mark this occasion the Collections team would like to share a few gems from the museum’s photograph archive showing development of new housing in the Durham area in the 1940s/1950s. These images have been taken from the former Durham Advertiser collection.
72524 – General view of new housing being built at Pittington in front of the old Co-op store, 20th March 1959
26632 – Opening of new housing in Brandon, 20th September 1946.
67541 – General view of new houses in a housing estate at Esh Winning. 4th August 1950.
67542 – General view of new houses in a housing estate at Esh Winning. Note children in the foreground playing with a pedal car. 4th August 1950.
And finally, home sweet home!
67663 – Mother father and child sitting beside a fireplace in a new house on Kirk Merrington Housing Estate, 6th February 1953.