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  • Oliver Hodgson

More in store for Museum youngsters

Curious young minds can sign up to a new season of fun, educational activities at the Beacon Museum.

The Quantum Leap club, for 7 to 14 year olds, runs on Saturday mornings and includes activities based on history, art, technology and science. And this year, the programme expands to include digital exploration and programming.

Sessions restart on Saturday, 8 February.

2019 was a successful year for the Quantum Leap club, with 40 children taking art as their theme and achieving their Arts Award Discover accreditation.

Co-ordinator, Alan Gillon, said: "The children were inspired by Matthias Read and his 1736 painting, A Birdseye View of Whitehaven, which is on permanent display in the Beacon Museum.

“The driving force behind Whitehaven's expansion was the Lowther family, particularly Sir John Lowther, a man of wide culture and enlightened views who developed the port and laid out the town on the grid system seen in the picture.

“The members looked at the rich and diverse history of the area and over the course of the year took part in object handling, pastel making from iron ore powder, creating their own animation films and researching different artists and animators.

"They shared their growing knowledge and ideas and learned how to work as a team to overcome problems and develop skills.

“It has been a fantastic year during which the club has once again grown, so well done from all the Quantum Leap Team.”

To find out more, support the club or register your child for the 2020 programme, email

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