Copeland’s Museum Service was established in the Old Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, in 1975.
The nucleus of the collection derives from an early museum run by Whitehaven Borough Council in the Public Library, Catherine Street.
This in turn was based on a still earlier collection built up by the Whitehaven Scientific Association in their Howgill Street premises.
In 1987 the museum was relocated to the Dunboyne Hall at the Civic Hall where it remained until 1996 when the purpose-built Beacon was completed.
The Beacon collection incorporates a huge range of material, including: