The Invasion has taken over The Beacon

The Force is strong at The Beacon: From Star Wars and Star Trek to Planet of the Apes, there’s something for everyone. – photos by Robert Haile

ALIENS, doctors and characters from a galaxy far, far away are just some of those among the Invasion that has taken over The Beacon, Whitehaven, from March 5 to June 5.

The exhibition boasts to have dozens of costumes, props and features from some of the greatest sci-fi films and shows.

From cult-programmes such as Red Dwarf, Doctor Who and Star Trek to blockbusters such as Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Alien (including the actual case Sigourney Weaver lay in), there is something for everyone.

Alex Farthing, curator of the exhibit and development officer at The Beacon, said: “We initially bought the exhibition for families, but when we put it up all of the staff were so excited with all the models and for adults it’s so exciting to get so close to the models and the costumes that were worn by the actors that the exhibition offers something to such a wide rage of ages.”

The exhibition is the start of a new expansion for The Beacon as it begins a new focus on science as well as history.

Ms Farthing said: “18 months ago we went into collaboration with Sellafield and opened the Sellafield story, which has meant a lot more people have come here with an interest in science, so over the next three years, we’re adding science to our history, heritage and culture themes.”

Invasion not only allows visitors to get up close and personal – and to snap a selfie – with some of their favourite film

It’s alive!: The scientists are here until June to make some weird and wonderful creations with alien blood and snot!
Photo by Robert Haile

and television show characters, but offers a range of activities for young people during the Easter holidays.

The Small and Large scientist’s will be there to amuse and entertain children of all ages, making Alien refreshments and even toothpaste using blue alien blood and green alien snot.

The exhibition runs from March 5 to June 5 and information about free science sessions and book-able events visit: