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Banks Group Takes a Seat in Beamish Museum’s 1950s Cinema


 image shows members of Beamish Museum's team, including Partnerships Officer Liz Peart (second from the left) with (from centre) Kate Culverhouse and Lucy Hinds of the Banks Group outside the recreated 1950s cinema
Members of Beamish Museum's team, including Partnerships Officer Liz Peart (second from the left) with (from centre) Kate Culverhouse and Lucy Hinds of the Banks Group outside the recreated 1950s cinema

Property development and energy company the Banks Group has become the first business to sponsor a seat in the 1950s cinema being recreated at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.


The County Durham open air museum has built a recreation of the Grand, from Ryhope in Sunderland as part of its 1950s Town.


And individuals and businesses are now being given the unique opportunity to sponsor a cinema seat as part of Beamish's Take a Seat campaign.


Those who do Take a Seat receive a brass plaque on the back of the seat with their name engraved on it, as well as an invitation to a special celebration event.


Businesses such as the Banks Group who sponsor a cinema seat will also have the opportunity to have their logo displayed on screen in the rolling credits following a newsreel or film as an extra thank you.


Liz Peart, Partnerships Officer at Beamish Museum, said: “We are delighted that the Banks Group is the first business to be taking a seat in our 1950s cinema and would like to thank them for their ongoing and very generous support of the museum and particularly our Remaking Beamish project.”


Banks is a long-term supporter of Beamish, with a £10,000 grant from the Banks Community Fund supporting the museum’s recreation of the celebrated North East artist Norman Cornish’s Spennymoor home, and a £20,000 grant aiding the construction of a replica of the Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre.


Kate Culverhouse, community relations manager at the Banks Group, added:


“By bringing history to life through outstanding projects like the 1950s cinema, Beamish is safeguarding and strengthening links to the North East’s unique history and heritage.
"It’s a real jewel in the region’s tourism offering, and as a fellow County Durham-based business, we’re proud to be continuing our long-term support for its fantastic work.”

Prior to the Banks Group becoming the first business to sponsor a seat, the opportunity had already been taken up by a number of individuals, many of whom have personal or family connections to the original cinema.


Seat sponsorship is being sold on a first come, first served basis from the museum’s online shop, sponsorship is subject to terms and conditions. Individual seat sponsorship is £295, with a package available for businesses priced at £5,000 which includes acknowledgement of the sponsorship on screen. Visit www.beamish.org.uk for more information.

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