Half-term Horrors at The Beacon Museum


SPOOKY SKELETONS are on offer this half-term at The Beacon Museum with its feature exhibition Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets.

Six sets of human remains tell the story of gladiators who perished in combat, created by the world renowned JORVIK Viking Centre.

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The host of historic horrors provide fun for all the family, with interactive Roman clay craft sessions offering the chance to craft a mosaic tile, tea lamp or face pot.

Visitors to the Whitehaven harbourside museum will also have the chance to immerse themselves in the sights, smells and sounds of an interactive mini Roman Forum.

Attendees can record and share their own Roman speech from a purpose built ‘rostra’ platform as well as trying their hand at other interactive games on offer.

The exhibition has already drawn a crowd with Sir Tony Robinson cutting the ribbon at the official opening in September. Sir Tony said: “Such a vivid depiction of Roman life in Britain can be found here, and it is excellently realised in this exhibition.”

Alan Gillon, Education and Engagement Officer at The Beacon Museum, said: “The exhibition has been created to ignite the interest of people of all ages, through the exploration of Roman history.

“For those who may be worried about the gruesome content, we have children of all ages engage and enjoy the exhibition, and the activities on offer.”

Clay craft sessions, priced at £3 per person, are running daily 11am – 12noon and 2pm – 3pm, during half-term and every weekend for the duration of the exhibition. Craft sessions can be booked at the museum, by calling 01946 592302 or visiting www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk.

Entrance to the exhibition, which runs until December 3, is available on the door and is priced at £6.50 per adult and £3.25 per child.

To add to the ghoulish goings on, local author and researcher Alan Cleaver will be delivering a terrifying talk on the Ghosts, Ghouls and Boggles of Whitehaven, on October 26 at 7pm. Bar facilities will be available at the event which is open to all the family.

Copeland residents can also access parts of the museum for free using their Copeland Pass and discover the work of local school children in a collaborative exhibition with AWAZ Cumbria.

Celebrating Diversity, Challenging Prejudice offers a retrospective look at the developing attitudes and beliefs of younger generations on issues around race, culture, religion and sexuality and runs until November 5.

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