Whitehaven's Beacon Museum set to reopen

Beacon Museum, Whitehaven
Image caption The Beacon Museum was opened in 1996

A Cumbrian museum that had been under threat from council cuts is set to reopen following a revamp.

Copeland Borough Council had proposed shutting the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven in 2012 in a bid to save £2.6m from its budget.

It was saved when Sellafield Ltd and the council reached an agreement to jointly run the site.

The museum opened in 1996 and houses a gallery as well as photographs, textiles and archaeological finds.

It closed in January to allow staff to create an exhibition about the nuclear industry, which will run alongside exhibits about Copeland's history.

Sellafield Ltd wants to invest in the centre and help run it.

The museum is expected to reopen on 24 May.

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