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Beamish Pit Village 5/7

Beamish - The Living Museum Of The North - Part 3

Pit Hill Chapel was a focus for the community, hosting activities and groups in addition to services. The large screen was there because magic lantern shows were very popular entertainment and the picture on the right was taken from just in front of the chapel’s replica double lensed projector of that early period.

 

Beamish Pit Village 5/7

Beamish - The Living Museum Of The North - Part 3

Pit Hill Chapel was a focus for the community, hosting activities and groups in addition to services. The large screen was there because magic lantern shows were very popular entertainment and the picture on the right was taken from just in front of the chapel’s replica double lensed projector of that early period.

 

comments (13)

Oh this is really lovely - bright and cheerful as well!
Brian Walbey: I wodner if it was as bright and clean as this back when it was actually in a working coal pit village in the early 1900's.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2017, 03:26
Quite attractive woodwork in here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Lovely isn't it, I like the little altar right in the front.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Mar 2017, 04:53
Love all the woodwork here. Very well maintained.
Brian Walbey: Lovely isn't it, I like the little altar right in the front.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 17 Mar 2017, 06:31
I expect they were magic lantern shows with a religious theme, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I would imagine so Lisl.
We've known for a long time that church also needs to be FUN or else you'll lose the audience you want. It actually brings back memories of all the fine movies I saw growing up in church...like the one about the bees and the ants! There was a whole series of them.
Brian Walbey: I don't know that movie Ginnie but agree with your thoughts about the use of film, we often show videos of a religious nature at our church.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2017, 07:17
Very nice too Brian, showing just how it would have been
Brian Walbey: I wonder if it was as bright and clean as this back when it was actually in a working coal pit village in the early 1900's.
Perhaps an early camera club held their meetings there Brian?
Brian Walbey: Stranger things have no doibt happened Bill, I wouldn't rule it out.
This has a rather domestic look about it Brian,
Brian Walbey: I wonder if it was as bright and clean as this back when it was actually in a working coal pit village in the early 1900's.
All very nice, Briian.
Brian Walbey: I wonder if it was as bright and clean as this back when it was actually in a working coal pit village in the early 1900's.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Mar 2017, 14:20
Magic lantern shows, how times have changed!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Anne although from time to time videos are shown during services at the Baptist church maureen and I attend.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Mar 2017, 16:53
I wonder a bit about the position of the screen just behind the altar and pulpit. I like very much the left picture with the gates and arches.
Brian Walbey: I know what you mean about the screen, our church has similar at the front so that hymn and song words can be projected, unfortunately it is the popular thing in U.K.churches these days, our delightful little anglican parish church is now spoilt with two large screens hanging, one on each side of the chancel arch, it looks awful.
Beamish is a wonderful museum.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Tom, a one day visit isn't really enough to do it full justice.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Mar 2017, 17:49
It reminds of the "fire and brimstone" preaching from the chapels in the Welsh valleys at the height of the coal mining there.
Brian Walbey: Very much so, that used to be the way with these sort of churches. Unfortunately the Baptist church we go to has a wretched screen shoved up at the front like this one, it really spoils the look of it!

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