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The Beacon Whitehaven THE BEACON - Whitehaven


The Beacon WhitehavenThe Beacon
The Beacon is situated on the coast of Cumbria in the Georgian town of Whitehaven down at the harbourside.

At The Beacon you will learn about the town's origins and history, ranging from the town's industrial, social and maritime heritage in a fun and educational way. The story is told using characters, sounds, graphics and video presentations.

The Harbour Gallery is where you will find one of the finest visual art galleries on the West Coast of Cumbria with an annual program of exhibitions and events, with a variety of content reflecting local, national and international interest. For present and future events please contact them below.

Also at The Beacon you will discover the background of the characters past and present of Whitehaven, how they lived and what the streets of Whitehaven used to look like. Then a visit to the cinema to see the newsreel of 'High Days and Holidays', after the cinema read about the red men mining for iron and see the family at work in the coal mine, whilst comparing to how the Lowther family lived in Georgian splendor to the deprivation of the mining cottages of Mount Pleasant.

At the Weather Gallery you will discover and you can use the latest technology to forecast and monitor the weather which are linked to the Met. Office at Bracknell. Also you can monitor worldwide weather using satellite-linked touch-screen technology which provides up to date (24 hour) images. Learn about clouds; weather patterns; water management; global warming; the seasons; and why weather is so important to our whole environment and why not broadcast your own weather report!

There is also a cafe for your refreshments and a gift shop.


Social History 9701 artifacts relating to the communal, domestic, personal and working lives of the people of Copeland; includes industrial and technological items; costume; maritime history; military history.

Fine Art a collection of over 750 paintings, watercolours and drawings by local artists or that depict local scenes or people; an important collection of maritime paintings.

Decorative Art a large collection of 19th century Whitehaven - made ceramics; collection of souvenir ware relating to Copeland; enameled glass goblet by William Beilby.

Archaeology 370 items of local archaeology including the St. Bees Shroud . 1300AD, the d'Irton tombstone and a "series" of quernstones.

Natural Sciences comprises a large geology collection; herbarium; small collection of stuffed birds and animals. Totals over 2000 specimens.

Numismatics 131 local tokens; some coins.

Photographs 3550 photographic prints, postcards, glass plate negatives, magic lantern slides; over 5000 black and white negatives.

Prints a small collection of 106 engravings, etchings and lithographs of local places or people

Books a library of 2223 books on a variety of subjects, includes bound copies of local newspapers.

It is advisable to contact The Beacon prior to your visit if there is something specific you wish to see or any alterations have been made to the Opening times and the attraction itself. Disclaimer

Further information and details on opening times, costs and facilities please contact or visit their website.

Location - Whitehaven [Harbourside]

Telephone: The Beacon Whitehaven Cumbria Lake District +44 [0] 1946 592302
Email: The Beacon Whitehaven E-mail - The Beacon
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