Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

Museum of Lakeland Life with Trezion
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The Museum takes you back through time to explore the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Isolated before the arrival of the railway and motorcar, this area developed its own unique customs and traditions.

Recreated period rooms and workshops reveal how rural people lived and worked and played and how different life was before the introduction of machinery. Discover a Lake District kitchen, complete with traditional recipes and utensils, a bedroom full of vernacular furniture and furnishings – including a magnificent 17th century four-poster bed, a farmhouse parlour with a working phonograph and rare 18th century oak panelling.

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Opening hours

Open 16 Jan 2015 - 14 Feb 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan)
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4pm (closing 5pm Mar - Oct)

Sundays during July, August and Abbot Hall's Canaletto exhibition (22 Oct -14 Feb 2016), 12 - 4pm

Admission charges

Adults £5.00, Children and Students FREE

Recreated farmhouse rooms and workshops tell the story of Lakeland folk, who lived in relative isolation before the arrival of motorcars and trains. The importance of sheep-farming and the related wool-trade, as well as mining and industry, to the area is shown through a combination of real artefacts and photography. A recreation of author Arthur Ransome's study, complete with his personal papers and posessions, tells the story of his fascination with the Lakes, and an Arts & Crafts area highlights the importance of figures like John Ruskin had on the revival of local crafts. Parts of the collection that are not on permanent display can be seen by prior arrangement.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Medicine, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Joseph Hardman
  • Arthur Ransome
  • Arts & Crafts in Cumbria
  • Simpsons of Kendal
  • Stanley Davies
  • Annie Garnett
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Georgian and Victorian Fashion

Georgian and Victorian Fashion

  • 17 July 2015 — 4 January 2016 *on now

This display looks at our fashion collection from 1780 to 1900. Beautiful dresses and elegant waistcoats are displayed with a rich array of accessories.

It's not just outerwear - learn how the fashion for the changing shape of the female silhouette was made possible by delving into the mysterious world of historic underwear, with crinoline cage frames, petticoats and bodices.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Standard museum admission applies.


Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry
Abbot Hall




01539 722464


01539 722494

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