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Museum set to be self-sufficient by 2016

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is opening this weekend after it was closed for two years to undergo a £2 million revamp.

The museum is going to start charging visitors again, as it has done in the past. Adults will pay £3.75 for entry and under 5s will be free. It must be self-sufficient by 2016.

"We're projecting about about 15,000 visitors, paying visitors. In the past when it was free we could get more but we have to earn our living now, we won't be subsidised so every penny counts"

– Tricia Kerr, Chair of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery exhibits new facelift

The new entrance has been updated Credit: ITV Border

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is re-opening this week after a £2 million revamp.

It's been closed for nearly two years for the work to be carried out. There's a new entrance, extension and new and renovated displays.

The museum will be open to the public this weekend Credit: ITV Border

The museum was originally opened in 1898 and the art gallery was added in 1905. The new refurbishment has up dated and enhanced facilities.

There are new permanent and temporary exhibitions Credit: ITV Border

More than £1.75 million of funding has been awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group, and many other local organisations also pledged money towards the funding for the project.

Family are fans of festival triathlon

Thousands of people will be descending on Keswick over the next four days for the town's Mountain Festival. They're coming to see famous speakers, live bands and to watch or take part in mountain sports.

This year, due to popular demand, there are more triathlon events than ever before. The sport is fast becoming one of the most popular in the Lakes.

Fiona Marley Paterson went to meet one family who love getting involved:

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Lake District crash: children among the injured

A serious crash involving "multiple casualties" has taken place on a main road through the Lake District.

The Great North Air Ambulance has three helicopters at the scene, to take injured people to hospital.

They report that children are among the casualties, although details are unclear at present.

The crash happened on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick at approximately 1030am.

The road was exceptionally busy due to Bank Holiday traffic.

More details to follow.

Police issue warning to horse owners

Police are issuing fresh warnings for horse riders after a horse died after it became stuck in mud.

The recent wet weather has left routes used by riders extremely wet and muddy. These conditions can be dangerous to both riders and their animals.

Police were called to Castlerigg in Keswick at 8:30pm on 7 March when they were told there was a horse stuck in mud.

A vet sedated the animal and firefighters managed to free the horse but the it had to be put down for medical reasons.

“This type of tragic incident can be avoided by such things as sticking to dry paths and walkways, checking routes on foot first, don’t go into flooded, wet, or muddy areas or take unnecessary risks. If in doubt take an alternative route or return the way you came. You never know how deep the mud may be.

“If you are unable to avoid the route ensure the horse walks, avoid trotting or cantering.

“If your horse does become stuck in mud, dismount and let go of the reigns, but only if it is safe to do so. Most horses can free themselves from boggy situations."

– PC Alan Taylor for Cumbria

If anyone sees a horse stuck in mud please call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234999.

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