Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House

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Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. Designed by M. H. Baillie Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture.

It occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere in the English Lake District and is open to the public as a Historic House and a gallery for contemporary craft.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

17 January - 31 December 2014 (except 25 & 26 Dec)
Open Daily, 10:30 - 17:00 (Closing 16:00pm Nov - Feb)

Admission charges

Adult admission £8/£7.25, Children and Students FREE

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Laura Ford

Laura Ford: Sculpture and Drawings

  • 11 March — 4 September 2016 *on now

Located on the lawns, with select pieces in the main house and at Abbot Hall, this exhibition will comprise Ford’s earlier work together with new sculptures.

Born in 1961, Laura Ford’s imaginative creations explore aspects of the human condition. She describes her work as sculptures dressed as people who are dressed as animals, as they meld together ideas of childhood memory with a disturbing edge. Ford studied at Bath Academy of Art and Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited at Strawberry Hill, Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery as well as representing Wales at the Venice Biennale. She has work in major collections around the world including Tate, Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council and the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Annie Garnett

Spinning the Colours of Lakeland: Annie Garnett's Spinnery, textiles and garden

  • 24 September 2016 — 29 January 2017

‘Colour I revel in’ – the words of Annie Garnett, the creative Arts and Crafts designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District.

The exhibition is based on the unique archives of the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal and will describe the establishment and ethos of Annie Garnett’s Spinnery workshops in Bowness-on-Windermere.

It examines how she created employment for up to a hundred women, working at home in cottages and farmhouses, to hand-spin flax and silk yarns for weaving into wonderfully coloured textiles, some richly embroidered, for making into dresses and soft furnishings of all kinds. These won numerous star prizes at important regional and national exhibitions and were purchased not only by local Lakeland folk, but also by the rich and famous from far and wide, including royalty, with some customers being as far away as the United States of America.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
sit anf stitch

Sit and Stitch Embroidery Workshop

  • 26 May 2016 2-4pm
  • 30 June 2016 2-4pm

Learn the techniques of hand embroidery and enjoy an afternoon of stitching in the White Drawing Room. Great for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10/£3 Friends, material provided. Booking essential


Kids dancing

Family Dance Night

  • 14 May 2016 6-8pm

Did you know that Blackwell used to be a school and the children enjoyed line dancing in the House? Bring your dancing shoes and join us for music and party games.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3 per child, Friends free. Normal admission for adults.
Drop in session, no booking required


story telling

Story Telling Week: Trails and Tales

  • 30 May — 3 June 2016

With titles like Headthinker VIII and the Medieval Cloud Girls, Laura Ford’s sculptures at Abbot Hall immediately grab your attention and the rooms at Blackwell have some intriguing visitors. The Armour Boys, the Rag and Bone Hedgehog and the Sorrow Filled Cat - what stories could they tell if only they could speak?

Inspired by Laura Ford’s intriguing sculptures and Beatrix Potter’s anniversary create your own cast of characters using wire or collage and place them in their very own story.

Also as Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3 per child, normal admission for adults. Friends free
Drop in sessions, no booking required


Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
LA23 3JT




015394 46139


015394 88486

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