The temporary gallery at the site of the old Whitehaven Bus Depot is changing its exhibition this month. The open air exhibition space will showcase amazing photography finds from the Beacon Museum’s archives, displaying some longstanding local trades.
The new gallery will feature photographs kindly donated by the Beacon museum, showcasing tradesmen and women from the 1850s – 1900s, standing alongside images of their present day west coast counterparts.
Traders including local printworkers, fishermen, jewellers and ice cream sellers will be featured.
The new gallery exhibition will be on display along the back wall of the old depot site and will be installed on the 17th May.
Michael Pemberton, CEO of Britain’s Energy Coast, the company that has arranged the gallery commented: “Having acquired the bus station and depot sites last year to enable a development that will benefit the town, we are now working hard to secure the site and make it ready for worthwhile development. We knew this would take some time but wanted the space to be in use in the meantime. The gallery shows how working lives in our part of the coastal community have changed over the last 100 years or so, with some fantastic images that only scratch the surface of what we found in the Beacon’s archives, complemented by brilliant local shots from one of Cumbria’s most talented photographers.”
The new exhibition will be the second in a series of gallery exhibitions to be facilitated by BEC at the Old Bus Station site, replacing the extremely successful showcase of photographs of Whitehaven from the 1950s and 1960s by local photographer Ivor Nichols, which was opened in May 2015.
Nicola Lawson, the Beacon Museum’s Trainee Curator who sourced all of the historic images added: “We get a lot of visitors to the museum from out of town, but what many local residents don’t realise is that we have a wealth of fascinating local exhibits that can make return trips to the museum interesting year on year. We’d encourage all local residents to head over to the open air gallery to see a sample of our archives before calling in to discover how much we have to offer in your local Museum.”
With the exception of the image of local Fisherman Mark Walley, the new images have all been taken by local photographer Brian Sherwen. You can see more of his work at www.briansherwen.co.uk. Mark’s image was taken by Cumbria Life’s Phil Rigby.