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Copeland residents get free museum entry

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COPELAND residents can now experience Whitehaven's fantastic Beacon Museum for free.

A grant from Cumbria County Council's Community Grant Fund means that people who live in Copeland can visit the museum free of charge every Thursday until the end of August.

The entire four floors of discovery and history will be open at the harbourside attraction. Residents can experience Medieval Medicine, discovering the often-gruesome medical cures used in the past.

They can also play a Roman board game, present a weather forecast or steer a digital ship. There is a chance to learn about the Lowther dynasty through the animated family timeline and play digital dress-up with costumes inspired by the Beacon's collection.

Residents just need to provide proof of their address (for example, an ID or utility bill,) and no booking is required. Children must be accompanied.

Copeland's portfolio holder for the Beacon Museum, Coun Steve Morgan, said: "This is fantastic news and we'd like to thank the County Council's Community Grant programme for making this possible.

"With the newly revamped floors, there is something for everyone to experience and explore at the Beacon Museum. It's an opportunity to learn more about our history and culture as we enjoy safe staycations in Cumbria. And to have access to this fantastic collection for free is great news for everyone."

Entry includes access to the current Harbour Gallery photographic exhibition, Rediscover Copeland - a trip through Copeland in the 1950s and 60s through the work of local photographer, Ivor Nicholas.

The Beacon Museum is open to Copeland residents for free on the following dates:

*Thursday July 22
*Thursday July 29
*Thursday August 5
*Thursday August 12
*Thursday August 19
*Thursday August 26

The Beacon Museum is still working to keep staff, visitors and the community safe and although booking is not required, staff might need to manage numbers in the building. All staff will be wearing face coverings and the museum recommends and expects that visitors do the same, unless they are medically exempt.

For more information, call the Beacon Museum on 01946 592302, or visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk.

This project was made possible with a Cumbria County Council Community Grant. For more information, click here:  https://cumbria.gov.uk/yourcommunitysupport/communitygrants.asp