10th July 2021 – 3rd October 2021

A photographic trip through Copeland in the 50s and 60s, the work of local photographer, Ivor Nicholas, showcases Copeland’s towns and villages in this era.

Mr Nicholas’ career spans seven decades and he has taken over 25,000 negative images. Many of his works feature black and white imagery of Copeland’s towns including Whitehaven, Egremont, and Millom.

He spent much of his career with the Cumbrian Newspaper Group and ITV Border where he was also behind the video camera.

Stationed at RAF Gibraltar in 1953, he was given the chance to enter the National Service as a photographer because of his civilian interest and skills.

Local wine merchant, Gerard Richardson MBE, who helped create the exhibition, said: “I met Ivor in 1999 while organising the Whitehaven Festival. Ivor is one of the custodians of the local area’s past, and sometimes forgotten, landscape.”

In addition to Ivor’s fascinating pictures, there will also be Copeland images dating back as far the 1890s from the Sankey family. These have been curated as part of a volunteer project with Signal Film and Media.

The Rediscover Copeland exhibition will be on display at The Beacon Museum from July 10 to October 3.


9th October 2021  – 2nd January 2022

Cumbria Printmakers Exhibition

Cumbria Printmakers champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone.


Our latest exhibition showcases the work of Cumbria Printmakers, celebrating the diversity of printmaking in Britain today. The exhibition explores a variety of printmaking methods and techniques, providing an opportunity to understand more about printmaking, from mezzotints, etchings, collagraphs, lithographs, woodcuts, and many more. Some of the work is for sale, so come and enjoy the pieces and take something unique home with you.



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