A MARYPORT museum is calling on the public to help celebrate a milestone birthday.

The Senhouse Roman Museum is marking its 30th year of being open to the public and is to run a year-long programme of events, exhibitions and activities to celebrate the occassion.

One of the exhibitions will spotlight some of the “stars” to the Senhouse collection – and this is where the public is being asked to help.

Curator Jane Laskey said: “We are asking people to pick an object that is either their favourite or that they may want to know more about.

“It may be on display now or in storage.”

The deadline for suggestions is May 1, in time for the summer exhibition.

Other events during the year will include a temporary exhibition of sketches by Percy Kelly and a birthday party for friends and supporters of the museum.

A community research project will look at the lives of the women of the Senhouse family. John Senhouse, Lord of Ellenborough, was the first to start collecting the Roman artefacts that have taught scholars internationally much of what they know about military religious observance.

The museum houses the largest collection of single-site altars anywhere in the UK.

A big event will be a conference called Celbrating Roman West Cumbria in April. This will bring together the research excavations from recent years covering the area from Ravenglass to Beckfoot and the Maryport altars and temples project 2011-15.

The conference will include an opportunity to tour the site of the Roman fort at Maryport and the Senhouse Roman Museum.

Details of all events will be on the museum’s website at www.senhousemuseum.co.uk.