12 October – 1 December 2019

This exhibition will be drawn exclusively from the Beacon Museum’s collection that is held on behalf of the public of Copeland. The items  on display have been chosen because they have not been displayed for quite some time, have never been shown or have been acquired recently. The collections have been acquired over many years and by the former Whitehaven Museum through purchase, gifts and donations.

As an Accredited Museum,  the Beacon Museum must meet certain standards in the care, management and display of collections and the information held about them. The Beacon Museum has been Accredited since it opened in 1996.

There are some 30,000 items in the collection including social history, fine art, decorative art, archaeology, natural sciences, coins and medals, photographs and prints. Only a small proportion can be displayed at any one time. Items not on display are stored in secure rooms that are temperature and humidity controlled to try and preserve them in good condition

Visiting the Exhibition

This exhibition is located in the Harbour Gallery on the first floor

Standard admission applies                Suitable for all ages

Residents of Copeland can access this exhibition for free by registering for a Copeland Pass. Please ask for a reistration form when visiting


 Below you can see some of the research and object selection taking place for the Curator’s Choice exhibition. The Beacon Museum stores thousands of objects both at the museum and on off sight locations. A laborious system of cataloguing and archiving allows for this type of research to be carried out in preparing objects from within the ollection for an array of uses, including our own displays, but also loans to other museums and exhibitions across the country.  

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