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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:

'Fantastic scope' for the Beacon Museum

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

The development would cost an estimated £1.2 million and councillors say it would be beneficial to the economy in West Cumbria.

"The Beacon is one of Copeland's most valuable assets and has great potential to bring more visitors to this part of West Cumbria.

“This is a real opportunity for Whitehaven to be able to hold more events and attract more interest. It's also important to build capacity which will in turn generate more income so that the Beacon becomes self-sustainable for the long term.

"It’s a venue with amazing views and exhibits, so there is fantastic scope to maximise commercial and national exhibitions, offer better opportunities for hire space and hold bigger, more prestigious events.”

– Elaine Woodburn, Copeland Borough Council

Bid to develop the Beacon Museum

The existing Beacon Museum Credit: ITV Border

A bid for extra funding to extend the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven has been submitted by Copeland Borough Council.

They are looking for an external grant from the Coastal Community Fund and Copeland Community Fund in order to provide extra facilities and space at the site.

If the project goes ahead, it's expected to cost about £1.2m. It's hoped the extension would be complete by Autumn 2015.

An impression of the new development Credit: Copeland Borough Council

It's a focus on two objectives. The first, to create a commercial conference space, and secondly to increase the exhibition with flexible gallery space and adjacent event and hire resources.

Cumbrian landmark opening to visitors

One of Whitehaven's most important landmarks is to reopen to visitors just a few months after it was saved.

The company that looks after the Sellafield nuclear plant has agreed to pay £325,000 a year to keep The Beacon Museum open for the next five years.

In exchange, Sellafield Limited will get a floor of the museum to create their own display. The Beacon Museum will reopen to the public on 24 May.