The updated Sellafield Story exhibition at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, will give visitors an exclusive virtual tour of the iconic nuclear site when it opens in July.
Set in an immersive 300-degree cinema, the tour includes exclusive footage captured on site and inside some of Sellafield’s nuclear facilities.
Sellafield Ltd Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Kate Stinton, said:
With the original exhibit, we wanted to bring Sellafield into the local community, explain what we do, and showcase the people who do the work. With this update, we’ve been able to add an element of getting people behind our security barriers, albeit virtually.
The updated exhibit also includes a photographic timeline that shows how the nuclear site has evolved over the past 75 years, as well as how our communities have developed alongside the site. People will also be able to submit their own photographs to be featured in the timeline.
Other features include hands-on games, new activities for young children and the introduction of three new central characters – proton, neutron and electron – known collectively as the Atom Squad.
Working with Copeland Borough Council and the Beacon Museum team is part of our Social Impact Multiplied program.
Sellafield Ltd Community and Development Manager Gary McKeating said:
Our partnership with Copeland Borough Council at the Beacon Museum is another example of the power of social impact through collaboration with community partners.
Social Impact Multiplied is part of Sellafield Ltd’s wider sustainability program and I am therefore particularly proud that in refreshing the exhibition the team has minimized the waste created, recycling 60% of the original wall display materials .
Speaking on behalf of the museum, Guest and Visitor Experience Manager Heather Holmes said:
This updated exhibit is a fantastic addition to a day at the Beacon Museum.
I think our visitors will love the immersive nature of the film and all the other interactive elements – it’s a great way to have fun and learn about the industry at the same time.
There are also fascinating old photographs of the community, and many people will be delighted to learn that the ever-popular building block area remains. I would highly recommend heading to the Beacon to see what’s new.
The story of Sellafield will be open to the public as part of the larger Beacon Museum experience from Tuesday 5 July.