The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven was facing closure until one of our clients, Sellafield Ltd. stepped in and pledged £1.6m over the next five years.
A whole floor has now been dedicated to the Sellafield Story, a journey through the last 60 years of nuclear energy in West Cumbria. The exhibition offers hands on experience with lively interaction making it fun for children and adults alike.
We were commissioned to capture and produce a short film giving a flavour of the official launch on Friday30th May 2014. With the presence of Professor Brian Cox joined by Baroness Verma, a minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change it was a gift. They both were equally impressed with the museum and chatted animately with people who'd been involved with creating it and those getting their first glimpse at the exciting interactive exhibition.
The morning started off with an official opening and then talks by Professor Cox and Baroness Verma, the Museum was then open up to the public. It was a super day so I managed to get some good opening shots of the Beacon from outside with the harbour in the background. There was so much going on inside it was a matter of being selective with my shots. I got a good mixture of business guests, families and children and plenty of Professor Cox and Baroness Verma.
It was a very busy day, my job was to capture all the highlights without affecting anyone's experience of the event, I climbed a lot of stairs and you might have seen me crawling along on the floor a few times but otherwise I'm hoping people didn't notice me, I certainly captured some super moments when no one was looking which are usually the best.
I'd definitely recommend a visit, it's great to be able to get an insight into the history of a place whether you be a visitor or a local and the Sellafield Story exhibition gives a rare opportunity to learn about the nuclear industry in West Cumbria; it's past and it's hopes for the future.