Eighty years ago this month, Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House and Garden opened to the public for the first time after local people saved it from demolition. Poet William’s childhood home was presented to the National Trust and opened in June 1939 after a campaign to prevent it being knocked down and…

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Cumbrian Heritage Hound Experiences get tails wagging

Turn your four-legged friend into a heritage hound this year, by following his lead towards ‘outpaws’ adventures in the stunning county of Cumbria, sure to leave you culturally enriched, invigorated and ready for a nice post-adventure nap after breathing in Cumbria’s fresh fells and forest air. Cumbria’s Living Heritage is…

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Blood, Sweat and Tears – Afghanistan, The Untold Story

Earlier this year Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle reached out to veterans of Afghanistan in a bid to add a more contemporary record to its already extensive archive to ensure Afghanistan is not forgotten. A team of veterans have now come together to form a thought provoking…

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Arranging patches of colour, just as Ruskin described

Arranging Patches of Colour, an exhibition of paintings by Eden-based artist, David Boyd will be opening in the Dawson Gallery of the Ruskin Museum, Coniston 25 May. The title of the exhibition, Arranging patches of colour, is inspired by a quote from John Ruskin himself: “Everything that you can see…

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Climbing high

Cumbria Youth Dance Company has been working on a unique project since its company members first auditioned to be part of the 2018/19 cohort almost a year ago. Funded by Arts Council England, the project has enabled the fifteen-strong company, aged between 12 and 18 years, to work alongside Wired Aerial Theatre,…

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Langdale: In a time of change

The Armitt Museum’s exhibition for summer 2019 is an exploration of issues surrounding local identity within the heart of our most popular National Park. The valleys of Great and Little Langdale in the Lake District have seen massive social and economic change in the last few generations. While the views…

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The Liberty Chair at Blackwell

This newly conserved Arts & Crafts gem on display for the first time A century old Arts & Crafts chair once sold at iconic Liberty & Co of London has gone on display at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. The magnificent Liberty chair, manufactured around 1900, is a significant…

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Brantwood- Bookshop of the month

This month, Yale Books took a trip up to the Lake District to visit the Brantwood House Bookshop, their May Bookshop of the Month. The former home of John Ruskin is a bustling hive of activity, hosting frequent exhibitions, running courses and boasting a further range of eclectic activities, all…

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This Land is Our Land: Major exhibition at Wordsworth House

A unique collection of personal objects, including a set of Stone Age tools and William Wordsworth’s ice skates, are on display at Wordsworth House. In a major exhibition, entitled This Land is Our Land, multiple – often contradictory – voices explore our fragile and ever-changing relationship with the landscape that…

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