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Artwork at Carlisle Museum of Military History

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life celebrates remembrance with exhibition

When the call went out by the Cumbria Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle for local people to creatively express their feelings on the theme of remembrance, the curators didn’t know what to expect. However, the response has been unprecedented, with amateur artists from across Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway reaching for their pencils and […]

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Cumbrian Castles: Brougham Castle 

In the latest of our series, Paul McGuirk discovers a Cumbrian castle thats spectacular setting inspired one of Wordsworth’s greatest works.   Located in a picturesque setting and nestled beside the cross of the River Eamont, Brougham Castle is home to a rich history and some unusual features. Founded in the 13th century, the purpose of the castle was to provide a […]

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Come Face to Face with a Roman at The Senhouse Roman Museum

Jane Laskey, from the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport, comes face to face with one of our Roman ancestors.   It is rare that we ever get the chance to stare into the face of our distant ancestors. When asked what the Romans looked like we usually think about Roman soldiers dressed in red tunics and armour, marching across […]

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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 […]

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#45 The Sea Trout (Salmo Trutta) Wildlife of the Solway

The Native Sea Trout and the Brown Trout are the same  species,  a fact which was only really settled with the advent of genetic testing.  What they certainly have in common is the need to be in  fresh water to breed, using gravel beds in upper reaches of rivers to lay their eggs. Young brown […]

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#43 The Native Oyster (Ostrea Edulis) Wildlife of The Solway

For some lovers of seafood there is nothing to compare with a plate of fresh oysters washed down with champagne , Guinness or another tipple of choice. They could certainly be described as an acquired taste and because supply is limited they are also relatively expensive, giving them the reputation of a food for the […]

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#47 The Edible Sea Urchin (Echinus Esculentus) Wildlife of The Solway

The Sea Urchin as an adult has the shape and size of a small orange flattened football so is one of the most distinctive and easily recognised animals, but it is rarely seen intact on the shoreline as its home is in the seaweed kelp forests found off shore.   Occasionally on the beach you may […]

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#46 The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncates) Wildlife of the Solway

It is now more than ten years since a Bottlenose Dolphin took up residence along the Solway Firth coast, then rapidly becoming a focus of national attention when she unwittingly became trapped for a while in Maryport Marina. ‘Marra’ as she was called, entranced everybody with her antics and her fascination with human activity for […]

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Copeland Day Care images in New Exhibition

Copeland Occupational and Social centre launched their Sound and Vision photographic exhibition this week to wide acclaim and coverage from across the BBC network. The exhibition is currently at the Beacon Museum, and is the brainchild of local photographer Donna Brookes, who helped to guide and instruct the group in honing their skills. ‘Sound and […]

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#45 Short Spined Sea Scorpion (Myoxocephalus Scorpius) Wildlife of the Solway

The Short Spined Sea Scorpion  Myoxocephalus Scorpius by Mark Vollers   This fearsome looking and threatening sounding fish is found all around the British and Irish coastline wherever there is rocky habitat from low water mark down to 100m, but it is not venomous and its only threat to anglers are it’s sharp spines and strong […]

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