The BEACON Museum in Whitehaven is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with royal crafts, a display of memorabilia and a special portrait of the monarch.

The display of royal mementos includes the book signed by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when she opened the Beacon Museum in June 2008.

There is also a special book that visitors can sign to congratulate the Queen on her Jubilee. This commemorative book will then be sent on to Buckingham Palace. Anyone can write a message in the book – it, and the display of memorabilia, are in the museum foyer and a ticket to the museum is not required. People can also see the plaque Her Majesty unveiled during the opening ceremony.

A painting of the Queen, part of the Beacon collection but not usually on display, is being brought out and hung especially for the occasion.

Further exhibits inside the museum celebrate the Queen’s coronation, and her silver, gold and diamond jubilees.

From May 28 until June 6, visitors can get in the royal spirit by making jubilee bunting or their own crown to take home. These craft sessions run all day, and are included in the museum ticket price.

Or why not take part in the special Jubilee Trail, spotting the royal clues as you make your way around the four floors of interactive exhibits? No booking is required and the trail is included with admission.

The incredibly popular family exhibition ‘Pirates of the Beacon Museum’ continues. It includes endless pirate-themed activities, plus the chance to win some amazing LEGO prizes. Find out more here:

The Yellow Earl – the Life of Hugh Lowther is another of the museum’s ongoing exhibitions. It’s a look at the fascinating life of one of the more colourful members of the aristocracy.