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Beacon expansion 'will benefit community'

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The £1.4 million expansion of the Beacon Museum begins today, and Copeland's mayor says it'll be a big asset to the wider community:

It has been an honour to break ground to herald the start of this major project which will bring a much needed conference facility to the centre of Whitehaven.

The expansion brings great, new opportunities to Copeland, to host exhibitions and events which previously would not have been able to come to this part of the North West. It will be an asset to business, the arts and education which will benefit the wider community.

The development will also support the Beacon Museum to achieve the business goal of self-sustainable, through increasing the opportunities for commercialisation - creating the revenue to sustain this important building, archive and museum service.

The new development will offer more prestigious, significant and diverse exhibitions which will attract more visitors to Copeland, helping to further boost the local economy.”

– Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

Beacon Museum's £1.4m expansion begins

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The expansion of the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven begins today.

The £1.4 million project is expected to expand the museum's display space, and see the building of a new conference centre.

An impression of the new development. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

In 2012 the museum was threatened with closure - until nuclear company Sellafield Ltd took joint ownership of it with Copeland Borough Council.


Historic visit 'tremendous'

Captain David Stracener says he has received a warm welcome from the people of Whitehaven during his visit to the Beacon Museum.

He is here for the annual commemoration for John Paul Jones, the US Ranger who led the surprise attack on Whitehaven Harbour in 1778.

He has described the links between Whitehaven and the United States of America as "amazing".


The Beacon renovation gets funding

The existing Beacon Museum Credit: ITV Border

A major revamp of The Beacon museum in Whitehaven will go ahead after confirmation of a £1.3million funding package.

The museum will receive more than £900,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The remaining £400,000 was awarded by the Copeland Community Fund last year.

The new design will include a conference and learning centre, and work is due to begin this year.

'Hopefully the Beacon will become self-sustainable'

A bid to develop the Beacon museum in Whitehaven has been submitted by Copeland Borough Council.

Councillors say the development, that would cost an estimated £1.2 million, would benefit the economy in West Cumbria.

The museum was re-opened this spring after Sellafield agreed to pay for its running costs for the next five years.

Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council, said:

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