Museum on the hunt for old bakery equipment


It might not be a sales lead as such, but suppliers of bakery equipment could come to the rescue of a museum currently trying to get its hands on historic products.

The Beamish Museum plans to recreate an Edwardian bakery at its site in County Durham, giving visitors the chance to see bakers at work using traditional recipes.

The bakery will open later this year, but first the organisation is trying to track down as many items of retro equipment as possible.

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Kate Reeder, keeper of social history and collections administration at Beamish Museum, says the museum is on the hunt for Edwardian equipment to use in the bakery, such as a wooden proving cabinet, bread tins, dough dividers, tray racks, peels and rakes.

“We’d like to get the items we’re looking for as soon as possible in case we need to restore them,” said Reeder.
The bakery building at Beamish was originally part of the Annfield Plain Co-op in County Durham and was moved brick by brick to the museum.

It will be called Herron’s, which was the name of a real bakery in the Annfield Plain in Edwardian times.

Anyone who can help find Edwardian bakery equipment can contact Kate Reeder on 0191 370 4009 or email

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