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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Beacon shines again

THE newly revamped Beacon museum is sharing the history of Copeland and the Sellafield Story with the public.

By Lucy Grosvenor

Beacon staff have worked with Sellafield Ltd to create an interactive learning experience for visitors that takes them from the area’s founding years through to the present day and beyond.

Pat Graham, director of services for Copeland Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the community. We are proud to document the story of industry in the area and Sellafield has become such a major part it’s only right to include it.”

The museum on Whitehaven harbour has revamped its third floor looking at history through the ages starting from the Romans to the growth of the Georgian port town and the boom of industry.

The second floor focuses on the Sellafield site.

Rory O’Neill, director of stakeholder relations at Sellafield Ltd, said: “This is such a happy coincidence we have been able to work with The Beacon.

“We are determined to be transparent about what goes on at Sellafield. Now our visitors centre has closed this provides the perfect opportunity for friends family and the community to come in and see what we do.”

Emma Law, head of corporate affairs for Sellafield Ltd, said: “Throughout this project we have created a site exhibition focusing on our past operations to our future aspirations as we explain what goes on in one of the most fascinating place in the country.”

Rory added: “The new look Beacon has come together through hard work and a determination to give back to the community.”

The Beacon will be ‘officially’ opened tomorrow (Friday) by Professor Brian Cox at 1pm. The first 75 people in the queue will have the opportunity to attend a lecture with the celebrity scientist.

Have your say

I think i'll go down see how many of the first 75 are dignitaries,council workers and sellafield employees,you'll be able to spot them they all have their ID's around their gloating necks,great displays though and well done to the beacon staff for all their hard work.

Posted by James O on 29 May 2014 at 20:41

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