New metal gates have been installed at the entrance of a museum in Cumbria after vandals damaged them earlier last week.

According to the News and Star, staff at Haig Colliery Mining Museum, in Whitehaven, arrived at work last Tuesday (October 19th) to find that struts on the gates – which were designed as part of a school project – were damaged.

Thanks, though, to an £11,000 grant from Cumbria Waste Management and Waste Recycling Environmental Limited, a new set of gates have been installed.

Designed by artist Del Whitticase and local schoolchildren, the design draws on perceptions of coal mining, and features vibrant colours.

At an official ceremony, the mayor and mayoress of Copeland, Mike and Joyce McVeigh, formally announced the gates open.

Museum management is also looking to secure funding to install other measures, such as CCTV.

The centre is housed on the site of the former Haig Pit, which closed in 1986.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800203784-ADNFCR