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You’ll enter the Cumberland Pencil Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered and from there take a turn around the surprisingly fascinating history of the pencil. So what’s to see? Well, I rather like the exhibition of the secret pencil that was manufactured by the British government and M19 during WWII that had a hidden map and compass to help stranded Allied pilots. There’s also the world’s longest colour pencil to inspect plus a kids’ art studio to keep little ones busy while you wander around the exhibitions. I also like the cute history to this place too – apparently the managing director of the Cumberland Pencil Company back in 1980 realised that there was a lot of interest in this little industry that had grown up around Keswick and started asking for memorabilia to start a museum in the former factory canteen. The Pencil Museum van, a 1954 Morris J Type well known to locals, was discovered under rubbish in a warehouse and now has been restored and has pride of place out front of the museum. A lovely stop.
Information on Cumberland Pencil Museum , Southey Works , Greta Bridge , Keswick
|Opening Times:||Daily, 09:30-16:00. Last admission 16:00. Closed 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan. See website for extended seasonal opening hours.|
|Admission:||Adult £3.25, Child/OAP £1.75, Student £2.50, Family £8.25. Group (10+) rates available.|
|Location:||300 yards west of town centre.|
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