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Raising the banner at the Beacon Museum this half term

The Beacon Museum

[T]he February half term holiday promises to be a busy one at the Beacon Museum, with a number of workshops and activities throughout the week.

Every day, families can participate in two workshops each celebrating diversity and culture in a different way.

Alan Irwin, development manager at The Beacon Museum, said: “Last year we celebrated our Norse heritage in a week of events that resulted in our busiest-ever February half term. This year we have two great exhibitions that are free for Copeland residents who sign up to a Copeland Pass.

“The Auschwitz exhibition has generated a heartfelt response from the public, who feel this subject needs to be kept alive as the Holocaust becomes more remote to the past. We will celebrate diversity through themes such as the women of Cumbria, the legacy of the Holocaust and also Chinese New Year.”

The museum is currently hosting a Celebrating Women of Cumbria exhibition, part of a wider movement of events and exhibitions across the county during 2018. Local members of Cumbria Girl Guiding helped to create a giant banner for the museum that celebrates the life of local pioneer Dame Edith Mary Brown.

Visitors to the museum will be able to design their own banners just as the suffragettes did a century ago, with the option to donate a banner to the display at the museum.

Throughout the week the museum will celebrate Chinese New Year, with mask and lantern making workshops to herald the year of the dog. Visitors will be able to create their own designs and learn some essential Cantonese phrases as they get their hands dirty.

The mask and lantern workshops will be every day at 11am between February 10 and 18. Visitors should enquire when booking what is being made each day. Banner making will take place daily at 1.30pm, and all sessions should last around 1.5 hours. All workshops are £5 p.p. and are suitable for ages 4+.  Please ring The Beacon Museum on 01946 592302 to book.

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