Sunderland family’s 1950s home will be replicated at Beamish Museum

home match: Linda Gilmore and her mum Esther Gibbon at their 1950s Red House home.

home match: Linda Gilmore and her mum Esther Gibbon at their 1950s Red House home.

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A WEARSIDE family home will become part of a living history project.

Esther Gibbon and Linda Gilmore, of Red House, are celebrating today after winning a public vote to have their 1950s home replicated at Beamish Museum.

DELIGHTED: Linda and her mum Esther.

DELIGHTED: Linda and her mum Esther.

The mum and daughter were among nine finalists bidding to have a copy of their home built as part of the museum’s planned 1950s town and the family was ecstatic that 92-year-old Esther’s house got more than 38 per cent of the 7,000 votes.

Beamish staff will work with the family to explore what life was like in their community in the 1950s.

Esther said: “The house has lots of happy memories – it’s always been a happy place.”

Linda, 55, said: “I’m over the moon that our house has been chosen. I’m so ecstatic.

This project has been a great way of getting people from across the North East involved in the making of a living museum that tells their story.

Richard Evans, Beamish director

“People will be able to see the house for generations to come.”

Linda describes the house as “a centre of happiness and love.” She said: “My two elder sisters were toddlers when my parents moved in and I was born in the front room in 1958.

“My mother could never contemplate moving. I also know that as a family it would be really difficult seeing another family living there.

“We would be delighted to see our family home as part of the living history enlightening and informing the future generations, even after we have gone.”

Richard Evans, Beamish’s director, said: “This project has been a great way of getting people from across the North East involved in the making of a living museum that tells their story. 

“We’re very proud of the often emotional connection Beamish has with local people, and it’s really important to us that we continue to tell the story of people’s everyday life through time as we continue to develop the museum.

“The reaction to the idea of having your own home rebuilt at Beamish and set in our 1950s town has been fantastic to see. We’d like to thank everyone who took part.”

Other Wearside buildings at Beamish include Hetton Silver Band Hall and a masonic lodge and plans for the 1950s town include houses, shops, cafe, cinema, police house and recreation area.