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:
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.
In 2012 the museum was threatened with closure - until nuclear company Sellafield Ltd took joint ownership of it with Copeland Borough Council.
The Beacon museum in Whitehaven has received a national award for the exceptional experience it gives to visitors.
The Visit England accolade recognises outstanding attractions, which go the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visit.
Paul Crone meets US Navy Captain David Stracener, and takes a look at the special relationship between Whitehaven and the United States.
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".
A senior member of the US Navy will visit the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven today.
Captain David Stracener is at the museum for the annual commemoration for John Paul Jones, the US Ranger who led the surprise attack on Whitehaven Harbour in 1778.
The Beacon Museum will receive more than £900,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.
Penny Mordaunt, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, claims the investment will help create an attraction that will be visited all year round.
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.
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: