Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry
Abbot Hall
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 5AL
England

Website

www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

E-mail

info@lakelandmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01539 722464

Fax

01539 722494

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

17 January - 20 December 2014
Mon - Sat 10.30 - 17.00 (Closing 16.00 Nov-Feb). Open Sundays throughout July and August, 12.00-16.00.

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.
Waterbird over Ferry Hotel Windermere

First World War Centenary: From Fells to Flanders

  • 17 July — 20 December 2014 *on now

In July 2014, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry will open a temporary display to explore the Lake District’s contribution to the First World War and the impact that was felt at home.

‘At first glance the conflict seems to have been so far away from the pleasant landscape of the Lake District, but further examination reveals that this region made a huge contribution to the war effort. Experiments in early flight on Windermere were instrumental to the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service, local industries and individuals got behind the war effort and craftsmen and women carved memorials and produced artwork to commemorate those who did not return home.’ James Arnold, Assistant Curator Social History, Lakeland Arts

The Museum would be interested to hear about your family’s stories of Lakeland Life during the First World War and to learn of heirlooms that survive as a record of your family’s role in the conflict. Please contact James Arnold on jarnold@lakelandarts.org.uk or 01539 722464.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £5.00, Children and Students FREE

Website

http://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/first-world-war-centenary-fells-flanders

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.
Tour: From Fells to Flanders

Tour of From Fells to Flanders

  • 6 August 2014 2-2:30pm

At first glance the Lake District seems so far removed from the battlefields of the First World War. Join us to find out some of the contributions that this region made to the conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/event/tour-fells-flanders

Wool is my Bread

Wool is my Bread

  • 30 July 2014 2-2:30pm

Find out why Kendal’s town moto translates to Wool is my Bread, handle some objects from the Museum’s collection and have a go at spinning.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/event/talk-wool-my-bread

Printing Blocks

Spotlight on the Press

  • 20 August 2014 2-2:30pm

See our magnificent Victorian Columbian Printing Press in action. Learn about the printing process, mind your p’s and q’s and watch a museum bag being printed.

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/event/talk-spotlight-press

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