Keswick Museum has launched a scheme to Adopt an Object for Christmas. Adopt an Object packages will be sold online (and in the shop when the Museum reopens in December), where customers will be able to choose one of a range of local objects to sponsor for a year. All proceeds will support the Museum to care for Keswick’s wonderful heritage.

Some of the objects that will be up for adoption are the Musical Stones, John Opie’s portrait of Robert Southey, and – of course – the Museum’s famous 700-year-old cat.

When you adopt an object you will receive:

  • A card featuring images of the Museum’s collections
  • A certificate featuring the name of the adopter and a picture of the chosen object
  • A ticket to visit the Museum which is valid for 12 months

Adoption prices range from £15 to £150, depending on the object, and adoption packs will be available from 2nd November.

Keswick Museum is working hard to bounce back from the impact of COVID-19. The Museum hopes that the Adopt an Object scheme will raise the profile of the artefacts in its collection, and give a welcome income boost to help its recovery.

People wishing to adopt an object can visit the museum’s website at Alternatively, please call (017687) 73263 and leave a message with your name, contact number and request, and a member of staff will get back to you.

Nicola Lawson, Curator, said: “Adopting an object is the perfect gift for the history-lovers in your life. Adopters will be supporting local heritage and helping Keswick Museum to care for the unique artefacts in its collection.

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