Beamish Museum is an open air museum, a living museum, located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, in County Durham, England. The museum's aim is to preserve example’s of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the peak of industrialization in the early 20th century.
Such an amazing experience to visit – would takes weeks to see it all properly.
It was a great privilege to visit in June 2011 with my wife Anne. I used a Samsung EX1 camera with a f1.8 lens to take images, hand-held, without flash in available light. Many of the situations were very dark indeed as they were lit as they would have been without electric lights. What an exciting set of lighting conditions.
The chap in these shots was working as the Saddler on the day we visited (although duties are revolved and others play this role from time-to-time). Graciously, this chap (along with all the others) was happy to allow me to photograph him in his role that day.