Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dr. Frank Atkinson C.B.E. 1924-2014

Dr Frank Atkinson died on Monday 29 December 2014. Frank was the driving force behind the foundation of the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust, the fore-runner of the Bewick Society, and acted as our President for many years.

In the Guardian  writes: "Atkinson was a devoted family man, marrying Joan Pierson in 1953, after she was appointed a junior assistant to Halifax’s museum service. The couple settled with their three sons in Ovingham, Northumberland, where he worked after retirement with the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust and as a member of the national Museums and Galleries Commission, since disbanded. He was awarded the CBE in 1995 and was an honorary doctor of civil law at Durham University."

There have been several other appreciations. Here are links to a selection.

Frank Atkinson - the man who built Beamish
Visionary founder of award-winning Beamish Museum dies aged 90
All about Frank Atkinson, the man who made Beamish.