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Discover dinosaur bones this summer at The Beacon Museum

19 June 2018

For Immediate Release

REMAINS from some of the world’s most ferocious animals are on offer at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven this summer.
Visitors will have the chance to discover dinosaur bones, shark’s teeth and crocodile armour through excavation workshops led by archaeological experts, at the museums ‘Dino Fest.’
Live critters will also be crawling around at the ‘Meet the Minibeasts’ handling sessions where visitors can explore creepy crawlies whose existence dates back to the age of the dinosaurs.
Mike Walley, Palaeontologist, comments: “We are going to be bringing lots of different fossils which have been collected from various dig sites, shark’s teeth, corals, ammonites, crocodile armour and of course, real dinosaur bone.
“Visitors to The Beacon Museum will have the opportunity to hunt for fossils and you can take home what you find, starting your own fossil collection.”
Dino Fest will take place on July 28 and 29 in support of the Taste Cumbria festival. The workshops support the museums current feature exhibition ‘Brick Dinos’ which features a range of dinosaurs created from thousands of LEGO ® bricks.
Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager at The Beacon Museum, said: “We have developed our most exciting summer programme to date.
“This festival offers a real variety of activities and we will be giving families the option to do one, two or three great dino activities during their visit on this weekend. From reptile handling, to dino excavation, to our very own Jurassic University where participants can learn in depth the science and practice of discovering and preserving fossils.
“All this is in addition to our frighteningly good Brick Dinos exhibition, which features dinosaurs created from thousands of LEGO ® bricks.”
For more information go to www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk. To book places on the excavation workshops and meet the minibeast sessions call 01946 592302.
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For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Clarke on 01946 598353, Chrissie Cremins on 01946 598390 or Leila Cox on 01946 598315
Copeland Borough Council
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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland.

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• Matthew Bland from The Beacon Museum trying to round up the dinosaurs before the upcoming Dino Fest in July Matthew Bland from The Beacon Museum trying to round up the dinosaurs before the upcoming Dino Fest in July
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Brick Dinos Launch

18 June 2018

For Immediate Release

AN EXCITING new exhibition was launched at The Beacon Museum on Saturday, featuring a series of dinosaurs created using hundreds of thousands of LEGO ® bricks.
Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, officially unveiled the collection of LEGO ® creatures and commented: “The Beacon Museum always do fabulous exhibitions and this one looks like it is going to be the best yet.”
Mr Starkie was joined by councillors and members of The Beacon Museum’s, Quantum Leap children’s club as they discovered the highlights of the exhibition created by LEGO ® artist Warren Elsmore.
Alan Gillon, Engagement Officer at The Beacon Museum, spoke of the thousands of man hours that went into creating the pre-historic creatures: “Seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces is the reason why we bring these feature exhibitions to Whitehaven.
“The adults have also been equally excited by the prospect of dinosaurs made from lego.”
The Quantum Leap attendees were excited to see what lay in store for them.
Kobi Gregg commented: “It has been really good fun. Finding the dino footprints was the best bit!”
Ava Hutchinson added: “I thought the big dinosaurs were really cool.”
Imogen Parr: “I thought the whole thing was really good because everything is lego and lego is great!”
The exhibition continues throughout the summer with a range of special events taking place to coincide with this innovative series of brick-built interactives.
For more information go to www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or call 01946 592302.
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For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Clarke on 01946 598353, Chrissie Cremins on 01946 598390 or Leila Cox on 01946 598315
Copeland Borough Council
Proud of our past. Energised for our future.
Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland.

Evan West Art Residency 5 June 2018

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The Beacon Portal to host artists’ residency

03 June 2018

For Immediate Release

A TALENTED group of local artists will bring a new project to Whitehaven this month.
Building on the success of the Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN), the group of eight artists – known as EVAN West – will host a residency in The Beacon Portal between June 16 and 24.

The public will be able to view their creations, speak to the artists and purchase their work. The residency at The Beacon Portal is part of an EVAN trail that features Florence Arts Centre in Egremont and other artists’ studios across West Cumbria, the aim of which is to get new audiences involved with the local arts community.

Maggi Toner-Edgar, event organiser, said: “The trail is an ideal opportunity to see art by the artistic network.

“We are encouraging new members to meet up, as The Beacon Portal is an excellent venue, not only for workshops and exhibitions but for inspiring future artistic projects ad exciting collaborations.”

The artists will also invite the public to take part in workshops to try their hand at a range of disciplines from fashion/textile upcycling to clay landscape modelling and life-drawing. There will also be mobile art walks on the harbour.

Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager at The Beacon Museum, said: “We have such an array of local talent that often struggles to connect with one another and with new audiences due to the perceived remoteness of our part of the world. This is why artistic networks are there to counteract such issues.

“When the network asked if we could help them, it was an opportunity too good to miss.”

The public can visit and shop at the artists’ showcase in the Portal for free from June 16 to 24. Refreshments are available for browsers with donations going to the museum’s Quantum Leap youth engagement programme.

For more information, visit the museum in person, telephone 01946 592302 or visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk.
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For Copeland Borough Council media enquiries, please contact Andrew Clarke on 01946 598353, Chrissie Cremins on 01946 598390 or Leila Cox on 01946 598315
Copeland Borough Council
Proud of our past. Energised for our future.
Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland.

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Half Term Science Sessions. 16 May 2018

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Whitehaven’s weird and wonderful half-term science sessions

16 May 2018

For Immediate Release

SUPER science sessions are on offer at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, this half-term.
The museum’s visitor hosts are proving they’re not just full of hot air by donning their lab coats and safety goggles for a series of wind-powered science sessions.
The museum has put science at the heart of its ongoing programme, and visitors of all ages will be able to discover how gases move and impact the world around us through fun simple experiments.
Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager at The Beacon Museum, said: “Some of our silly scientists are raring to go. They have been busy preparing their experiments and anything might happen, but it will be fun no matter what.”
The science sessions are on offer at scheduled times throughout the day between May 26 and June 3 at a cost of £1.50 per person.
A range of interactive science exhibits are also available in the Sellafield Story exhibition, and the ongoing link with Sellafield Ltd continues to promote the arts and heritage as a means of understanding science, technology and mechanics.
The museum is also collaborating with Cumbria County Council to offer local families free learning sessions during the half-term break. Those who complete the course will receive an education certificate as well as free family entry into the upcoming Brick Dinos exhibition.
Entry to the museum is free, until June 8, for all Copeland residents who sign up for a Copeland Pass. Residents can sign up for the free pass at The Beacon Museum, adults must bring photo identification.
For more information and full listings of exhibitions and events, visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or call 01946 592302.
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Notes for editors

For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Clarke on 01946 598353, Chrissie Cremins on 01946 598390 or Leila Cox on 01946 598315
Copeland Borough Council
Proud of our past. Energised for our future.
Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland.

For all Beacon Museum media enquiries please contact

Alan Irwin:  Business Development Manager at the Beacon Museum

alan.irwin@copeland.gov.uk

01946 592302

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