Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Tuesday 18th May 2021 – Sunday 4th July 2021

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at The Beacon Museum on 18th May, featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath taking diversity of the natural world.

Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 49,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal.

This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by over a million people.

For admission information please telephone 01946 592302 or email thebeacon@copeland.gov.uk

Saturday 19th June – Sunday 5th September 2021

Five of the most prominent medical practitioners are arriving at The Beacon Museum – and they’re staying for the Summer.

From Saturday 19th June, visitors will be able to discover the often gruesome cures used in Medieval England by medical practitioners including a barber surgeon, an apothecary, a cunning woman, a religious figure and a physician.

The arrival of these healers marks the launch of the The Beacon Museums ‘Medieval Medicine’ exhibition, a touring exhibition from The JORVIK Group of Attractions, operators of the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre.

With a physician’s uroscopy wheel, an apothecary’s table and the barber surgeon’s tool chest, there’s plenty of hands-on ways to discover the methods practiced in medieval times. Learn more about disease, illness and treatment through three medieval skeletons on display, including one who shows signs of leprosy.

She is accompanied by a facial reconstruction, helping visitors understand about how this individual may have looked as the disease developed.

The exhibition also brings an exclusive short film, written by Terry Deary – author of the Horrible Histories series – entitled A Touch of Plague as part of the family-friendly content on offer.

Our group of medical practitioners which are represented within the exhibition: Apothecary, religious figure, barber surgeon, cunning woman, physician. The exhibition brings the treatment methods of the medieval era to life.

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