THIS week people across the world will be sharing their love for museums.

International Museum Day is done to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange.

They are help to enrich cultures and create development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace amongst peoples.

The day has been held every year since 1977, which represented a unique moment for the international museum community.

Participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the theme. The day also helps museums to engage with the public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development.

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world.

Before officially creating International Museum Day, ICOM gathered the international museum community for a 1951 meeting called Crusade for Museums, to discuss the theme “Museums and Education.”

The idea for International Museum Day was inspired by the framework for museum accessibility that was developed at this meeting.

Here in Whitehaven, The Rum Story and The Beacon are two popular and iconic museums that welcome visitors all year round.

The Beacon hosts a range of different exhibitions, some exploring local history and industry and others technology and media.

Whilst The Rum Story explores the fascinating history of Whitehaven's rum trade hundreds of years ago.

These photos show different events and activities that have taken place at both museums in years past.

We hope that the pictures might help to bring back some fond memories for some of you.