The Sellafield Story

Discover the story of how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered right here to give the UK a nuclear deterrent.

The Sellafield Story invites visitors to explore the history of nuclear power in Copeland and discover the story of how West Cumbria supported the World War efforts.

Learn how new technology was pioneered here and how the early weapons programme grew into a nuclear industry, which has supported the local economy for the past 60 years.

Discover how electricity is generated from nuclear power to fossil fuels. Explore the operations and processes with discovery through digital interactives, audio memories, accompanying artifacts, and objects. 

We are currently closed, but open again tomorrow at 11:00

West Strand
CA28 7LY

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150,000 items of clothing are washed at Sellafield every week, 10,000 of these are socks.


The Beacon Museum was purpose-built with access for all in mind.

All floors except our Pop Gallery Mezzanine are accessible to wheelchair users and our exhibitions are user-friendly for all ages and abilities.

  • Induction loop system at Reception, all audio presentations
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets
  • Subtitled video presentations
  • Tactile directional signage
  • Transcripts of audios and oral history presentations
  • Staff guide to accompany visitors available at pre-arranged request
  • Large print information

Get in touch
We are happy to help with planning your visit. Please contact us for further information on Accessibility:

The Beacon Museum
West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LY
01946 592302

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