Derwent Pencil Museum. Keswick

Located amongst quaint villages, mountains, lakes and wonderful countryside in the Lake District, this unique museum sees visitors enter through a replica graphite mine of the type which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over 300 years ago. Derwent Pencil Museum takes you on a journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production. Learn the history of pencil making and how in the mid 18th Century graphite was measure for measure a more expensive commodity than gold.

Inside the museum, you can see an array of artefacts from miniature graphite sculptures to different types of pencils including top secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps, one of the largest pencils in the world - measuring almost 8 metres and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee pencil.

On site you will also find regular art workshops, a fine art retail shop and a coffee shop.

Derwent Pencil Museum is a great way to spend a morning/afternoon whilst in the Lake District. An enjoyable and informative experience for all the family where you will learn a lot about what we think of as a basic writing implement

Museum Opening Times: Mon-Sun 0930-1600 (last entry 1500).

Admission Cost: Adult: £4.60. Child: £3.70. Seniors/Students £4.20.

Various family tickets are also available: 2 Adults, 1 Child £11.70. 2 Adults, 2 Children £13.50. 2 Adults, 3 Children £15.40.

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Dave Branfield

Dave studied History through the Open University and has a passion for museums, castles, battlefields and other heritage sites with a keen interest in Roman Britain, the Napoleonic Wars and World War I.

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