Beamish Museum, Spain’s Field Farm

Hodgson Sayers was appointed to provide a traditional roof covering to Spain’s Field Farm, part of Beamish Museum’s new 1950s town development.

As part of a £10.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Remaking Beamish project, the funding is helping the museum to create new ways for visitors to experience the heritage of the North East – the centrepiece being the reconstructed 1950s town.

A specialist roofing project requiring three members of the team.


  • In keeping with the heritage of Beamish, a traditional Yorkshire stone slate roof is required
  • Bespoke oak pegs were needed and the stone slates fitted to diminish in size up the roof slope to represent, as far as possible, the range of sizes
  • The main roof to be felted, counter battened and double battened to ensure it is water tight and well insulated
  • No felt is required for the lower level roofs, in-keeping with the traditional feel of the building

Customer feedback

The remit was to recreate the roof covering to resemble the style using the original stone combined with more modern materials which would not impact on the aesthetic look of the building.

Collaboration with other trades was also vital to ensure a successful and satisfying project.