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Science and Technology

We learn from our visits to a great variety of industrial manufacturing plants, museums university departments and historical locations.

Take a look at our reports on past visits to see the range of interesting places we have been. (click on the link just below the line.)

We have quarterly group meetings to discuss our past outings and to plan future visits.

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Please report any errors, broken links and omissions on this page to alex@sherburnu3a.org


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Forthcoming Events -

Friday, 1 February 2019 - Beamish Stargazing 4.00pm - Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Night Sky

Beamish Stargazing

We are part of an amazing Universe!

Do you want to know more?

Come with us on Friday, 1st February, 6.30pm – 9.30pm for a unique stargazing and astronomy event at Beamish Open Air Museum.

This event takes place in partnership with Sunderland Astronomical Society.

Sunderland Astronomical Society

You will receive a free stargazing-friendly torch on entry to the event.

See astronomical wonders of the night sky looking through telescopes of all shapes and sizes at Pockerley Waggonway and in The Colliery Yard.

There will be astronomy related talks in The Pit Village chapel and The Waggonway engine shed to enjoy.

Local amateur astronomer expertise will be on hand to answer questions your questions and share their knowledge of the night sky.

Try your hand at making Planispheres and glow-in-the-dark constellations, as well as amazing activities by the Institute of Physics in The Pit Village school.

Visit the mobile planetarium in The Colliery Band Hall at 6.45pm, 7.15pm, 7.45pm, 8.15pm and 8.45pm.

Planetarium tickets are £1 per person. Limited tickets available, pre-booking is essential.

The Sinkers’ Bait Cabin and Davy’s Fried Fish Shop in The Pit Village and the Coffee Shop at the Entrance will be abailable for refreshments.

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, meeting at 4.00 pm.

Free parking is available in the main car park.

Stargazing entry tickets cost £5 per person. Limited tickets are available.

Beamish Stargazing Tickets

Please be aware:

  1. Beamish Unlimited Passes are not valid for this evening event.
  2. Beamish Stargazing is an outdoor event, please wear suitable footwear and clothing.
  3. All evening event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  4. Beamish Stargazing event will go ahead even if it’s cloudy and/or raining, with reduced outdoor activities.
  5. No personal telescopes will be allowed during the event.
  6. Only certain areas of the museum will be open to visitors during Beamish Stargazing.
  7. Transport will be available to The Entrance, Pockerley and 1940s Farm tram stops but no transport will run in to The Pit Village due to telescope sites.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Stargazing


Sunday, 14 April 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Great North Steam Fair 8.30am - Beamish

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

 

Beamish

 

 

 

Come and be amazed by this collection of steam locomotives, road steam vehicles and motor vehicles as they converge on Beamish Museum for the annual
"Great North Steam Fair"

 

 

 

 

You will see an array of steam and motor transport – from locomotives and traction engines to cars and motorbikes – in action across the museum.

2018, saw the celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War: This year, The Great North Steam Fair will explore the idea of homecoming and the return of peacetime.

This event, The Great North Steam Fair, is the first of our Great North Festival of Transport which also includes Horses at Work.

For more Georgian Festival event information click here

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, please email: alex@sherburnu3a.org

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

  • The 1900s town, pit village, school and take a trip down the colliery.
  • The 1940s farm.
  • Rowley Railway Station
  • 1920s Pockerly Old Hall
  • Take a ride on the Pockerly Wagonway
  • Ride on Beamish Tramway and Buses
  • Look into the many old cottages, shops and commercial builings
  • Step "behind the scenes" into the Open Store to see some facinating objects from the past

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum


Sunday, 12 May 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Georgian Fair 8.30am -

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

Beamish

 

 

 

Come to the
"Georgian Country Fair"
at Pockerley Waggonway and enjoy the hustle and bustle.

 

 

At this event you:

You will experience a fair like no other as The Squire of Pockerley sets about hiring his staff for the coming months!

Have an amazing experience, everywhere you look there is something fascinating, depicting a really exciting part of our history.

 

 

For more Georgian Festival event information click here

 

 

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, please email: alex@sherburnu3a.org

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

  • The 1900s town, pit village, school and take a trip down the colliery.
  • The 1940s farm.
  • Rowley Railway Station
  • 1920s Pockerly Old Hall
  • Take a ride on the Pockerly Wagonway
  • Ride on Beamish Tramway and Buses
  • Look into the many old cottages, shops and commercial builings
  • Step "behind the scenes" into the Open Store to see some facinating objects from the past

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum


Sunday, 14 July 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's 8.30am - Beamish

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

Beamish

 

 

Come and enjoy the
“Festival of the 50’s”
event on Sunday 14th July

 

At this event you can:

Be transported back to the days of Teddy boys, Pathé News and petticoats at our Festival of 50s.

Dig out your 50s finery and rock ‘n’ roll along to this fabulous celebration of all things 50s. Enjoy some fantastic 50s food, fashion and fun.

 

For more “Festival of the 50’s” event information click here

 

 

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, please email: alex@sherburnu3a.org

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

  • The 1900s town, pit village, school and take a trip down the colliery.
  • The 1940s farm.
  • Rowley Railway Station
  • 1920s Pockerly Old Hall
  • Take a ride on the Pockerly Wagonway
  • Ride on Beamish Tramway and Buses
  • Look into the many old cottages, shops and commercial builings
  • Step "behind the scenes" into the Open Store to see some facinating objects from the past

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum



Group Leader(s)

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  • Alex Svenson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 683514
  • 07712 649886
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  • David Mills
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 680424
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  • Sue Auders
  • Mail Address
  • 01757 228405

Reports on past visits -

The Earth in my pocket: an introduction to Geology - January 2019 (report by David Mills)

University of York Biology Department - December 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Trolley Bus Museum - November 2018 (report by David Mills )

Hat Works - Stockport - October 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Terracotta Warriors - August 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's - July 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes - June 2018 (report by Douglas Robinson)

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - May 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York Chemistry Department - April 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Maltings Organic Treatment - August 2017 (report by David Mills)

Stockbridge Technology Centre - July 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York - Department of Electronic Engineering - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Crich Tramway Village - May 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Macclesfield Silk Museum and Paradise Mill - April 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Thackray Medical Museum - March 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum and the Angel of the North - October 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Black Sheep Brewery - August 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sci-Tech Group Visit to Edinburgh and Falkirk - April 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Discovery Museum - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

The Gamelan Musical Instrument - March 2016 (report by Francis Newton)

Incredible Indigo - February 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Bradford Industrial Museum and the National Media Museum - November 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village - October 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Black Country Living Museum - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Quarry Bank Mill - July 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Museum of Science and Industry - May 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

RAF Scampton Museum - April 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

National Space Centre - March 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Drax Power Station - February 2015

Ironbridge Weekend - October 2014

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2014

Jodrell Bank - August 2014 (report by Lorna Pope)

Department of Music - March 2014

Liverpool - November 2013

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival - February 2013

Castle Museum York - January 2013

Hull Museums and Old Town Tour - November 2012

Castleton Bakewell Blue John Cavern - September 2012

Anderton Boat Lift - July 2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - June 2012

David Mellor Design - May 2012

Eden Camp - April 2012

World Of Glass - March 2012

Jorvik And Barley Hall - February 2012

National Coal Mining Museum - January 2012

Saltaire - October 2011

Hatworks And Stockport - September 2011

Streetlife - August 2011

Beamish - July 2011

Black Sheep Brewery - June 2011

Wensleydale Creamery and Gayle Mill - May 2011

Thackray - April 2011

Drax Power Station - March 2011

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