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Google captures virtual history of Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum Google Street View Image copyright Beamish
Image caption The Google car has captured the streets of Beamish

A living history museum has been captured on Google Street View - allowing people to virtually travel back in time from their own home.

The 360-degree images of Beamish open air museum in County Durham show life in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

The Google Trekker equipment brings the past to life through panoramic shots of the pit village, fairground and farm.

A spokesman said they were "delighted" people could take a virtual stroll around the attraction before visiting.

Landmarks including Hadrian's Wall, the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal already feature on the service.

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Image caption Google has taken photographs all around the museum
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Image caption An operator also carried a camera on his backpack to capture the many footpaths of Beamish
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Image caption Historic buildings from around the North East have been moved to the museum
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Image caption Beamish joins other global attractions to have been captured by Google including the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon

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