Saturday, 3 January 2015
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 Martin Wainwright 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." http://bit.ly/1791rEd
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.