The first time I visited Beamish Museum I was around 14 on a school trip, so long ago I don’t even want to think about the year.
When it first opened it was set in 1913 and is one of the best open air museums in the country. It’s a real glimpse into how life was like a hundred years ago. Since opening it has expanded into 1820 with Pockerly Manor and the 1940s Home Farm.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been since, I’ve even played my trumpet in the bandstand as part of an advert for ITV!
We now go regularly with our son and friends as your ticket lasts a year, which is great for us as we only live 10 minutes away. It’s great for a Sunday afternoon ride on the teams and the obligatory trip to the sweet shop.
Being a graphic designer I always gawp at the typography and amazing signs around the whole museum. On our last visit with friends from Manchester on their first visit, I thought it was about time I documented the posters, prints and signage. They’re fascinating as they’re a glimpse into graphic design before the invention of computers and digital printing.
So next time you visit Beamish take a look at the beautiful typography. You should also take a look around you in the present day too, it’s everywhere – fonts, colours, posters, signs, magazines, packaging, TV credits, even soft furnishings.
The world would be a dull place with graphic designers and the beautiful typography we create.