Hidden Secrets At The Beacon

It’s been a busy summer so far at The Beacon Museum and shows no signs of slowing down as they announce their newest exhibition for the autumn.

After the success of the live snake handling sessions, which continue to run until 2 September, the museum will welcome another first this autumn, as six human skeletons arrive for the ‘Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets’ exhibition.

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A unique collaborative venture for The Beacon Museum, the exhibition will feature loans from the Jorvik Centre in York, as well as items from the Roman collection at Tullie House. It will allow visitors to explore the mysterious story of six gladiators, see their skeletal remains and uncover the relics of Britain’s Roman past.

Running from 16 September – 3 December, the exhibition will provide the perfect backdrop for the mysterious autumn half term antics in store for October. It will also include a life-like Roman settlement, transporting visitors back 2,000 years, as well as a number of interactive activities and talks.

The museum’s Business Development Manager, Alan Irwin said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Jorvik to deliver this

“This is the first time we’ve had human remains in the museum and that’s always appealing as there is an air of mystery about it, in terms of uncovering stories of the past. The children’s activities that come with it will be interactive and immersive and of a very high quality.”

The museum will welcome special guest, the renowned actor and historian, Sir Tony Robinson, for an exclusive launch event on Saturday 23 September. The team are delighted that Tony will be giving a free talk to showcase the upcoming exhibition, but also the official opening of the Beacon Portal as a community venue and a part of the museum experience. Launch event tickets are free for the public, with a maximum of two tickets per guest. Check the Beacon Museum website for details on how to book.

There will also be a number of free talks held in the new build, throughout the summer, including Peter Rooke from St Bees railway museum, telling the tale of Whitehaven’s railways on Saturday 19 August.

The Whitehaven Walks tours will take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the school holidays and will be ongoing if they’ve prove a hit with the locals. The walks are free and offer the chance to discover the town’s Georgian history or the harbour’s maritime heritage.

Alan said: “Hopefully they will get people engaging with the heritage of the town and being proactive in trying to improve and restore the town; understanding the past is an important element for moving forward. We are doing it in partnership with the Town Heritage Initiative, who are giving us the funding to deliver them.”

For more information about any of the events and to book tickets, visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or contact 01946 592303

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