On a cold but mostly dry day in October, Studying Social Life students from both Durham City and Queens campuses visited the Beamish open air museum to learn about the birth of industrial capitalism and modern society. The Beamish is a great local resource, set in 300 acres, it recreates life in the north east across various historical periods (from the 1820s to the 1940s). It includes a coal mine, Victorian school, traditional fish and chip shop and lots of other working exhibits.
The trip is always very popular with students, but is also a valuable learning opportunity. Students can see for themselves the effect industrialisation had on social class, gender norms and concepts of nationalism, whilst also thinking about how these things have changed in the period since then.
At the foundation centre many of our modules have field trips across the region, so when you study here you really get to see more than just a classroom and library!