The Armitt : Museum, Gallery, Library

The Armitt : Museum, Gallery, Library Founded by Mary Louisa Armitt in 1912. Our collections cover the stories of Ambleside & its people

Links to our website and other socials here: https://linktr.ee/thearmitt

As the year draws to a close, we've got the perfect read for a snowy day - our final   pick is Winter Holiday by   🌨Orig...
04/12/2023

As the year draws to a close, we've got the perfect read for a snowy day - our final pick is Winter Holiday by 🌨

Originally published in 1933, the fourth instalment of the series introduces Dick and Dorothea Callum, as they meet the Swallows and Amazons during winter by the lake. Join the children on their action-packed polar expedition as they explore the snowy Lake District and learn how to ice skate, signal with semaphore, fashion an igloo, and build an ice sled. But who will get to the North Pole first?

“Softly, at first, as if it hardly meant it, the snow began to fall.”
Arthur Ransome, Winter Holiday (1933)

📸 The top of the Old Man of Coniston by Megan Dingwell

Image description: The top of a mountain, the Old Man of Coniston, on a snowy day. The sky is clear and blue, and the ground is dusted with snow. Other fells in the Lake District can be seen in the background. To the right is the cover of Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome. The cover is orange and covered in illustrations from the book, showing six children doing various activities such as building an igloo, raising a flag, and signalling with semaphore gestures. To the left is the logo for Leaf Through Nature, a green leaf with written on it in white text

We hope everyone is enjoying   on a   ❄We will be open until 2pm this afternoon due to the weather, but Ambleside does l...
02/12/2023

We hope everyone is enjoying on a ❄

We will be open until 2pm this afternoon due to the weather, but Ambleside does look beautiful!

Image descriptions:
Photo 1: The entrance to The Armitt museum, on a snowy day
Photo 2: The Beehive on the University of Cumbria campus. It is a small one storey building, surrounded by trees and snowy lawns
Photo 3: The Bridge House covered in snow, as a person in a red winter coat and large rucksack walks past
Photo 4: Brathay Park in Ambleside. The wooden sign proclaiming this is to the left of the picture, with a large football pitch covered in snow in the background

It's officially the   season! ✨❄🕯Our final   for 2023 is the Ambleside Curate's Bible, turned to the page on the Nativit...
01/12/2023

It's officially the season! ✨❄🕯

Our final for 2023 is the Ambleside Curate's Bible, turned to the page on the Nativity. Just how old is this book? And what makes it so special to ?

Find out here: https://tinyurl.com/muustk9t

, and see you all in the new year!

Image description: A curate's King James Bible, open to the section on the Nativity. The Bible has a dark cover with red page ages, and the pages are covered in gothic text. At the top of the right hand page, you can see the words 'Christ is borne.'

30/11/2023

What is fell running? Why do people do it? How can it make you feel? In our exhibition "Running Int' Fells" which opens in February 2024, you'll be able to explore more people's stories, like Olga, and the amazing history of this unique sport.

Coming soon - February 2024...
With thanks to Sporting Heritage and Dan Toole.

Join us next Wednesday for a spectacular     show 📽✨John Townsend will be here to display a wealth of winter wonders sho...
29/11/2023

Join us next Wednesday for a spectacular show 📽✨

John Townsend will be here to display a wealth of winter wonders shown through the wonderful world of the Victorian magic lanterns hand-painted, mechanical and photographic lantern slides.

£8 for adults and £4 for children - book tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/496r445s

📸 Dayve Ward

Image description: In the top right corner is a circular image of a Victorian magic lantern in a wreath of mistletow. To the left, in a gold ring, gold text reads: Eight pounds per adult. Under this is the white Armitt logo and gold text on a red background, which reads: A Christmas Magic Lantern Show. White text below this reads: With John Townsend. Wednesday sixth of December. Five thirty to seven thirty pm

28/11/2023

Helping Hands Cumbria is a great project and through this we've been able to recruit people like Elwyn to our volunteer team :). You can also listen to the latest podcast from Cumbria Arts and Culture Network when they visited us to find out more - https://cacn.co.uk/portfolio/episode-18/

If you'd like to get involved with volunteering, you can contact Helping Hands or get in touch with us at The Armitt directly on [email protected] or 015394 31212.

We're delighted that these are on display at Keswick Museum for everyone to enjoy ✨🍄
27/11/2023

We're delighted that these are on display at Keswick Museum for everyone to enjoy ✨🍄

View 4 original Beatrix Potter drawings, on loan from The The Armitt : Museum, Gallery, Library in Ambleside at the Keswick Museum.
https://beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/events/keswick-museum/

✨10 DAYS TO GO: Christmas Wreath Workshop with Lilylou's of Ambleside ✨In collaboration with Lilylou’s of Ambleside, spe...
24/11/2023

✨10 DAYS TO GO: Christmas Wreath Workshop with Lilylou's of Ambleside ✨

In collaboration with Lilylou’s of Ambleside, spend the afternoon handmaking your very own Christmas wreath. The session will be held at the Armitt Museum, lead by a member of Lily Lou's of Ambleside’s expert team. With all necessary materials included join us for an afternoon of festive fun and creativity 🎅

Book your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/bd3ce9cd

Image description: A Christmas wreath on a white snowy background. In the middle of the wreath, red text reads: Christmas wreath making with. Under this is the gold logo for Lilylou's of Ambleside, a local florist. Under the logo, more red text reads: Monday fourth of Dec. Two to four pm. To the left, white text on a red rosette with a white border reads: Forty five pounds per person

How did the   celebrate the   season? 🎄❄️☃️Join us on Wednesday 6th December for a Christmas   show. John Townsend will ...
22/11/2023

How did the celebrate the season? 🎄❄️☃️

Join us on Wednesday 6th December for a Christmas show. John Townsend will show us a wealth of winter wonders shown through the wonderful world of the Victorian magic lanterns hand-painted, mechanical and photographic lantern slides.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children - book here: https://tinyurl.com/496r445s

📸 Dayve Ward

Image description: In the top left corner is a circular image of a Victorian magic lantern in a Christmas holly wreath. To the right, in a gold ring, gold text reads: Eight pounds per adult. Under this is the white Armitt logo and gold text on a green background, which reads: A Christmas Magic Lantern Show. White text below this reads: With John Townsend. Wednesday sixth of December. Five thirty to seven thirty pm

In the world of   and  , how and where did a German abstract artist fit into the   cultural landscape?Artist Anthony Dav...
14/11/2023

In the world of and , how and where did a German abstract artist fit into the cultural landscape?

Artist Anthony David Padgett investigates next Tuesday, searching for Romantic links in Schwitters' poetry and artworks 🖌🖊

Tickets are £5 per person, book here: https://tinyurl.com/3tubyvsy

🏺 Bronze bust of Kurt Schwitters by Anthony Padgett (2022) in The Armitt's garden

Image description: A bronze bust of the artist Kurt Schwitters, in the small garden behind The Armitt. The bust rests on a plinth made of reused slate slabs, and it is sculpted in a rough, textured style, similar to Schwitter's paintings. Kurt is middle-aged man with a prominent widow's peak and a serious expression on his face. A small plaque about the sculpture can be seen on the plinth. In the background is the garden wall with some green leaves growing between the stones. To the right, on a pink slip of torn paper with other bits of paper around it, grey text reads: The Romantic Art and Poetry of Kurt Schwitters. With Anthony Padgett. Tuesday twenty first of November. Two to four pm. In the bottom right corner, there is a small slip of bright green paper with grey text on it, which reads: Five pounds per person

✨Christmas Wreath-making Workshop with Lily Lou's of Ambleside✨In collaboration with Lilylou’s of Ambleside, spend the a...
13/11/2023

✨Christmas Wreath-making Workshop with Lily Lou's of Ambleside✨

In collaboration with Lilylou’s of Ambleside, spend the afternoon on Monday 4th December handmaking your very own 🎅

The session will be held at the museum, lead by a member of Lily Lou's of Ambleside’s expert team. With all necessary materials included join us for an afternoon of festive fun and creativity ☃️

Tickets are £45 per person, book here: https://tinyurl.com/bd3ce9cd

Image description: A dark wood table where two hands are constructing a Christmas wreath. In the bottom left corner, two white hands are adding red holly berries and sprigs of cedar to a wreath of woven branches. Around the wreath are sprigs of cedar, holly berries, pinecones and string. In the top right corner, light gold text reads: Christmas Wreath making with Lilylou's of Ambleside. Monday fourth of Dec. Two to four pm. To the left, on a red rosette with a white border, is white text which reads: Forty five pounds per person

  As the year draws to close, we offer a warm thank you to Simply Charlotte Mason and the Charlotte Mason Institute for ...
08/11/2023

As the year draws to close, we offer a warm thank you to Simply Charlotte Mason and the Charlotte Mason Institute for sponsoring our exhibition for Charlotte Mason's centenery, 🌱

Without their generosity, we wouldn't have been able to present this timely display and share Charlotte's message: to learn through nature 🌳

Thank you!

Learn more about Simply Charlotte Mason and the Charlotte Mason Institute here:
https://simplycharlottemason.com/
https://www.cminst.org/

Image description: In the top left corner is the logo for Simply Charlotte Mason. Bottom right, there is the logo for the Charlotte Mason Institute. In the middle, there is the blue Armitt logo, surrounded by paintings of flowers, a caterpillar and a butterfly

How much did   and   have in common?Artist Anthony David Padgett visits The Armitt at 2pm on Tuesday 21st November, to e...
07/11/2023

How much did and have in common?

Artist Anthony David Padgett visits The Armitt at 2pm on Tuesday 21st November, to explore how Schwitters' love of poetry and landscape painting linked him to the Lake District and the Romantic ideals of the Lake Poets 🖌🖋

Tickets are £5 per person, book here: https://tinyurl.com/3tubyvsy

📸 Kurt Schwitters near Tarn Hows (date and photographer unknown)

Image description: A black and white photo of the artist Kurt Schwitters. Kurt is middle-aged white man in a dark suit and coat. He stands on the stone bank of a river or canal. Kurt holds a large stick in both hands, as he bends down to splash it through the water below him, leaving a sheet of water flying in its wake. To the right, on a pink slip of torn paper with other bits of paper around it, grey text reads: The Romantic Art and Poetry of Kurt Schwitters. With Anthony Padgett. Tuesday twenty first of November. Two to four pm. In the bottom right corner, there is a small slip of bright green paper with grey text on it, which reads: Five pounds per person

We've been delighted to have Makary from Kendal College return for another two week placement as part of his business co...
06/11/2023

We've been delighted to have Makary from Kendal College return for another two week placement as part of his business course. He's helped us with plans for our 2024 exhibition, and we asked him to tell us what he's enjoyed this time around. Here's Maka's Monday post -

"In comparison to the first two-week placement I did in June/July, this time was very different. I think this is because when I first joined, I was in a brand-new place so it took me longer to get used to it. This meant that the first day was mainly focused on getting to know everyone and working hard. The tasks I did first time were linked to what I was learning about at college, so it was something I had done before. This time I feel I have built my skills up in areas I want to concentrate on. It has also been a lot easier to just be able to sit down and get the work done as the museum staff have given me more freedom. This made these last two weeks better as I was coming back knowing what to expect, who to see and I was given a variety of new experiences, plus a good amount of time to complete my work."

🎺FINAL CHARLOTTE MASON CENTENARY EVENT🎺What have we learned about   in 2023, her centenary year?Next Wednesday at 5:30pm...
03/11/2023

🎺FINAL CHARLOTTE MASON CENTENARY EVENT🎺

What have we learned about in 2023, her centenary year?

Next Wednesday at 5:30pm, the University of Cumbria will host it's final ONLINE event celebrating the ✒️

Join host Prof. Sally Elton-Chalcroft and a panel of experts, including Dr Deani Neven Van Pelt, Prof. Hilary Cooper, Prof. Stephanie Spencer and Elaine Cooper of the Heritage School, Cambridge. They will reflect on our year of activities celebrating the life, work and legacy of Charlotte Mason.

Book FREE tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/mpjdh4de

🎨 Charlotte Mason by Frederic Yates (1901)

Image description: On the left hand side is an oil painting of Charlotte Mason. She is a white woman in her sixties, wearing a dark blouse and robe while seated at a desk. Her chin rests on her left hand and she looks directly at the viewer. On the right hand side, white text on a dark blue background reads: Hosted by Prof Sally Elton Chalcroft. Charlotte Mason Expert Panel. Free online panel talk. Wednesday eighth of November. Five thirty to six forty five pm. Above the text is the white University of Cumbria logo, and below the text is the white Armitt logo

November's   is this artwork we acquired last year, thanks to Museums Association's Beecroft Bequest and The Friends of ...
02/11/2023

November's is this artwork we acquired last year, thanks to Museums Association's Beecroft Bequest and The Friends of The Armitt - this painting of Sir Michael le Fleming by George Romney🖌

Who was Romney? And how did this artwork arrive at The Armitt? Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/tv5byzn9

🎨 Sir Michael le Fleming by George Romney (1779-1780)

Image description: An oil painting of Sir Michael le Fleming, an eighteenth century aristocrat based in the Lake District. Sir Michael is a white man in his early thirties, stood in side profile on the right and looking at the viewer. He is wearing a red military jacket with gold buttons and fringe on the epaulette of his right shoulder. The painting is in a gilt frame with a dark background

Thanks to  , mushrooms are a huge part of our museum collection. For November's  , we had to pick this remarkable book, ...
01/11/2023

Thanks to , mushrooms are a huge part of our museum collection. For November's , we had to pick this remarkable book, by Merlin Sheldrake 🍄

The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. They are metabolic masters, earth-makers and key players in most of nature's processes. Merlin Sheldrake explores all types of fungi, visible and invisible, and reveals how these extraordinary organisms transform our understanding of our planet and life itself.

“Science isn’t an exercise in cold-blooded rationality. Scientists are—and have always been - emotional, creative, intuitive, whole human beings, asking questions about a world that was never made to be catalogued and systematized.”
Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Image description: A crowd of small brown mushrooms growing amongst moss on a log. On the right is the cover of Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, with red, yellow and blue mushrooms on the front. To the left is the logo for Leaf Through Nature, a green leaf with written on it in white text

🎫 Single Bus Tickets £2 until December 2024 🚌Travel car free around the Lake District for just £2 until December 2024! M...
30/10/2023

🎫 Single Bus Tickets £2 until December 2024 🚌

Travel car free around the Lake District for just £2 until December 2024! Make the most of the national bus cap by exploring Cumbria this winter ❄️

More information here: https://tinyurl.com/rtyawjxc

Image description: A green Stagecoach Lakesider double-decker bus stops by the side of Windermere on a sunny day. To its right, a small group of people pause to gaze out at the lake. In the top left corner is a green and white rosette, with white text that reads: Two pound bus tickets until Dec. In the top right corner is the white Armitt logo, over from leafy branches hovering over the bus stop

Explore all that Cumbria has to offer this   with Cumbria Tourism - whether you're on a family holiday, planning to comp...
25/10/2023

Explore all that Cumbria has to offer this with Cumbria Tourism - whether you're on a family holiday, planning to complete all the Wainwrights, or a local wanting to learn more about your home, join us to look back through Cumbrian history and culture 📚✏️🍂

Book tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/5n732m35

Image description: A young woman watches a small girl draw on a large blackboard in The Armitt museum. The young woman is blonde and wears a blue top and glasses. She has her back to the camera, as she watches a small blonde girl in a pink dress draw a large circle on a blackboard covered in white chalk writing and pictures

❄WINTER HOURS❄From 1st November, our museum will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 4:30pm ☃️We look forward...
24/10/2023

❄WINTER HOURS❄

From 1st November, our museum will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 4:30pm ☃️

We look forward to seeing you this festive season! ✨

Image description: The entrance to The Armitt on a snowy day. In the top right corner, one a sheet of blue and white ice, dark blue text reads: Winter hours. From Wed first of Nov. Wednesday to Saturday. Ten thirty am to four thirty pm

🖌NEXT MONDAY: Children's Art Workshop🖍Kick off your half-term holiday with our crafty workshop! From 1:30 to 3:30pm on M...
23/10/2023

🖌NEXT MONDAY: Children's Art Workshop🖍

Kick off your half-term holiday with our crafty workshop! From 1:30 to 3:30pm on Monday 30th October, join us to create a fungi-themed collage, perhaps with a spooky visitor or two... 👻🎃🦇

Children's tickets are £5 and accompanying adults go free!

Book here: https://tinyurl.com/rtyawjxc

Image description: An autumn collage on a wooden table top. The collage is made from torn coloured paper stuck to a light blue A4 sheet of paper. Two mushrooms grow under a tree with red autumn leaves fluttering to the ground. One mushroom is completely purple while the other is red with white dots on its cap. There is a cheerful-looking carved pumpkin at the foot of the tree, and a white ghost floats in the top right corner. The picture is surrounded by bits of coloured paper, a blue glue stick and a yellow pencil. Black handwritten text at the top of the image reads: Monday thirtieth of October one thirty to three thirty pm. Children's art workshop autumn collage. In the bottom right corner, similar text on a torn piece of lined paper reads: Kids five pounds, adults go free

Autumn is mushroom season, so join us for a special FUNgi walk! 🍄Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and join us o...
20/10/2023

Autumn is mushroom season, so join us for a special FUNgi walk! 🍄

Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and join us on our hunt for FUNgi. Paul Nichol, county recorder and founder of Cumbria Fungi Group, leads a guided walk from Stagshaw Gardens carpark through Skelghyll Wood, on a fungi hunt inspired by Beatrix Potter’s incredible scientific illustrations and her passion for all things mycological. The walk will finish at the Armitt Museum with the chance to see some of Beatrix Potters original fungi illustrations.

Book tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/bddc76nb

📸 Striate Earthstar by Paul Sergeant, Cumbria Fungi Group

Image description: Striate Earthstar mushrooms on the forest floor. They are small mushrooms with a white rounded cap on top of a white star-shaped base with six to nine rays. They look like little squids, resting among dirt, twigs and undergrowth. On an autumn leaf in the top left corner, white text reads: Mushrooms Galore. The Hunt for Fungi. Friday twenty seventh of October. Ten am to one pm. Starts at the Stagshaw Gardens carpark. The white Armitt logo in in the bottom left corner. To the right is white text on a brown autumn leaf which reads: ten pounds per person

Uncovering history is fascinating, but be careful when you dig up the past... ⛏Next Wednesday, Robert Lloyd Parry of Nun...
18/10/2023

Uncovering history is fascinating, but be careful when you dig up the past... ⛏

Next Wednesday, Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie joins us to tell two ghost stories by master of horror, MR James.

Lost Hearts was among the first stories the author wrote and it offers one of his most memorable villains, the predatory scholar Mr Abney. It is paired here with perhaps James’s most poignant and personal work: A Warning to the Curious, in which a young archaeologist is haunted and hunted by the guardian of an ancient treasure 👻

Book tickets, at your own risk... https://tinyurl.com/25ekwyc9

📸 Nunkie Theatre

Image description: In the top left corner, white text on a gradient background from black to grey reads: A Warning to the Curious. Two Ghost Stories by MR James. Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. Wed twenty fifth of Oct. Five thirty to seven pm. Below this, black text in a yellow circle with a black border reads: Fifteen pounds per person. In the bottom right corner is a black and white drawing in a gold frame. Two white hands hold an Anglo-Saxon crown aloft, with gaunt, ghostly face visible in the background

Next week, Dr Chris Donaldson joins us to discuss abolition in Ambleside. Why did three abolitionists - William Wells Br...
17/10/2023

Next week, Dr Chris Donaldson joins us to discuss abolition in Ambleside. Why did three abolitionists - William Wells Brown, William Craft and Ellen Craft - visit Cumbria in 1851? And what drew them to Ambleside in particular? What light, moreover, does their visit shed on the region’s historical links with the United States?

Book tickets here to learn more: https://tinyurl.com/5n77j6ku

📸 A cameo badge of a Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c.1787

Image description: An anti-slavery medallion badge from the late eighteenth century, made by Josiah Wedgwood. The badge has a gilt border with a sculpted image of a black man facing to the right. He is kneeling on one knee, his chained hands clasped together as though pleading with someone. Raised letters on the white clay background read: Am I not a man and a brother? Black text above the badge reads: Three Abolitionists in Ambleside. In the bottom left corner, black text on a slip of parchment reads: With Chris Donaldson. Tuesday twenty fourth of October. Two to four pm. To the right, white text in a black circle reads five pounds per person

We clearly have talented visitors! Here are some of our favourite   and drawings from our exhibition celebrating  's cen...
16/10/2023

We clearly have talented visitors! Here are some of our favourite and drawings from our exhibition celebrating 's centenary, 🍂🍄✏️🌳🌱

Image descriptions:
Picture 1: A drawing of a female figure and a white rabbit. On the left is a woman with brown hair tied back in a long plait, wearing a long purple skirt and brown tunic over it, with puffed sleeves. She holds a mushroom in her hands, and has been drawn without a face. To her right is a small white rabbit at her feet, also without a face
Picture 2: A green leaf with some dark blue shading, drawn in coloured pencil
Picture 3: A red flower in coloured pencil. It is drawn as though it is growing sideways out of a wall, with vines in the right hand side of the paper

How are  's ideas influencing a new curriculum based in Morecambe? What can we learn from studying where we live?Next Fr...
14/10/2023

How are 's ideas influencing a new curriculum based in Morecambe? What can we learn from studying where we live?

Next Friday, Chris Barlow of the University of Cumbria leads a presentation on the Morecambe Bay Curriculum. Chris, the university's lead tutor on this project, will explain how the curriculum based in the Morecambe Bay area is taking shape, with help from local schools and curriculum leaders, and how it connects to Charlotte Mason's philosophy.

Book FREE tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/yn76ctnc

Map from Lancaster City Council

Image description: On the left is a colour map of Morecambe Bay in North West England. The map shows parts of Cumbria and Lancashire, such as Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe. To the right, underneath the white University of Cumbria logo, is white text on a turquoise background, which reads: Chris Barlow on Adventures with the Morecambe Bay Curriculum. Free online talk. Tues seventeenth of Oct. Five thirty pm. Below this is the white Armitt logo

Follow in  's footsteps to become an amateur   on this FUNgi walk 🍄On Friday 27th October, Paul Nichol Cumbria Fungi Gro...
13/10/2023

Follow in 's footsteps to become an amateur on this FUNgi walk 🍄

On Friday 27th October, Paul Nichol Cumbria Fungi Group Admin will lead a walk from Stagshaw Gardens carpark through Skelghyll Wood, on a hunt for . We will wind our way back to The Armitt, where you can see Beatrix Potter's original scientific watercolours on display 🖌

Tickets are £10 per person, you can book here: https://tinyurl.com/bddc76nb

📸 Cumbria Fungi Group

Image description: A cluster of small orange mushrooms with bonnet caps on a mossy rock. In the top left corner, white text reads: Mushrooms Galore. The Hunt for Fungi. Friday twenty seventh of October. Ten am to one pm. Starts at Stagshaw Gardens Carpark. The white Armitt logo in in the bottom left corner. To the right, white text on a brown autumn leaf reads: ten pounds per person

If you're visiting Atlanta, Georgia right now, you can see some of  's watercolours in person 🍄From today, Beatrix Potte...
13/10/2023

If you're visiting Atlanta, Georgia right now, you can see some of 's watercolours in person 🍄

From today, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature will be at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta - Explore how Potter evolved as an artist and continues to impact art, science and children's literature today.

Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/32fnraxm

🖌 Helvella crispa, or Common White Saddle (1888) by Beatrix Potter

Image description: A watercolour painting of two Common White Saddle mushrooms. The mushroom has a thick white stem and a light brown irregular cap that curls in on itself. The left hand mushroom is drawn with earth and grass around it, as though painted in situ. On the right, the same mushroom is painted again from its other side

Only two weeks before   closes for the winter 🍂❄️Our last Walk and Talks of The Armitt and Bridge House for this year wi...
12/10/2023

Only two weeks before closes for the winter 🍂❄️

Our last Walk and Talks of The Armitt and Bridge House for this year will be on Thursdays 19th and 26th October. Tickets are £8 and include a year's entry to The Armitt, they can be booked in person at the museum. Don't miss out!

Walk and talks will return in 2024 🎊

Image description: The Bridge House in Ambleside on a sunny autumn day. The small slate two room house is built on a small bridge over the River Rothay. It has a blue front door on the ground floor, with slate steps on the left hand side leading to an identical door to the second floor. A matching blue windowbox in front of the second floor door is bursting with Cumbrian ferns. Red and brown autumn leaves cluster around the front steps. A small chalkboard sign on the pavement outside the house reads: Open today for walk and talks at eleven thirty am and two thirty pm. Meet at The Armitt

Nothing   happens in a library... right? 👻On Wednesday 25th October, Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie returns to tell more c...
11/10/2023

Nothing happens in a library... right? 👻

On Wednesday 25th October, Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie returns to tell more classic ghost stories by the horror master . Get in the mood for the spookiest season with two terrifying tales, Lost Hearts and A Warning to the Curious 🎃

Book tickets, if you dare... https://tinyurl.com/25ekwyc9

📸 Nunkie Theatre

Image description: Robert Lloyd Parry sits in a leather armchair, in a gloomy, candlelit room. To his right is a classical bust on a bookshelf, behind a small table with a candelabra, a glass of whisky and a box of matches on it. He is a middle-aged man, wearing round spectacles and a smart suit. He looks off to the right with a slightly alarmed look on his face. A speech bubble above his head contains text which reads: What's that noise? To the right, text in a spooky font reads Creeeaaaak with an ellipses. White text in the bottom left corner reads: A Warning to the Curious. Two Ghost Stories by MR James. Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. Wed twenty fifth of Oct. Five thirty to seven pm. The right of the image is a white circle with a black border, with text inside which reads: fifteen pounds per person

  welcomed many   visitors in the nineteenth century, but in 1851 three people arrived intending to change society at ho...
10/10/2023

welcomed many visitors in the nineteenth century, but in 1851 three people arrived intending to change society at home and abroad. Their names were William Wells Brown, William Craft and Ellen Craft, and they were not headed to Ambleside just to enjoy the scenery. They were campaigning to abolish slavery in the United States.

Why were Brown and the Crafts in Cumbria? And what drew them to Ambleside in particular? What light, moreover, does their visit shed on the region’s historical links with the United States?

Dr Chris Donaldson joins us on Tuesday 24th October, to explore Ambleside's place in this period of history, and why people focussed on Cumbria in the fight against slavery.

Book tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/5n77j6ku

Image description: A pencil drawing of, from left to right, William Craft, his wife Ellen Craft and their friend William Wells Brown. All three were abolitionists in the mid-nineteenth century. All three are of African descent, although Ellen was white-passing and looks European in the picture. The men wear smart Victorian suits with their hair neatly styled. William Craft, on the left, has a short beard. Ellen, in the middle, wears a smart bonnet and gown with a scarf and brooch at her throat. Black text above them reads Three Abolitionists in Ambleside. In the bottom left corner, black text reads: With Chris Donaldson. Tuesday twenty fourth of October. Two to four pm. To the right, white text in a black circle reads five pounds per person

Did you know that today is  , celebrated with UK Fungus Day - The flagship outreach of the British Mycological Society?I...
07/10/2023

Did you know that today is , celebrated with UK Fungus Day - The flagship outreach of the British Mycological Society?

In recognition of the incredible work of fungi and mycologists past and present, what could be better than to show one of Beatrix Potter's fungi watercolours from our collection at The Armitt? For 2023, we've chosen this one - Lepiota Friesii - with our colleagues at Wray Castle National Trust and National Trust Beatrix Potter's Gallery and Hill Top. It was collected at Wray by Beatrix on 10 September 1895 - 128 years ago!

We think Beatrix would be pretty impressed with all the research and creativity surrounding fungi today!

  If you're feeling inspired by our   exhibition   why not learn more with our sponsor Simply Charlotte Mason?Simply Cha...
06/10/2023

If you're feeling inspired by our exhibition why not learn more with our sponsor Simply Charlotte Mason?

Simply Charlotte Mason is here to equip you to use Charlotte Mason's wonderful methods in your home school. Their free podcast brings you practical help and encouragement each week, and their curriculum and lesson plans simplify your homeschool planning so you can focus on enjoying the feast of learning with your family.

Learn more on their website: https://simplycharlottemason.com/

📸 Sonya Schafer giving a talk, from Simply Charlotte Mason

Image description: A white woman with short brown hair, Sonya Schafer, gives a talk to an audience of Charlotte Mason enthusiasts. Sonya wears a white top, blue suit jacket and tan trousers, and she reads to her audience from a book in a her left hand. At the top of the image, there are the logos for The Armitt and Simply Charlotte Mason

The   season has just finished, but if you're looking for ways to eat   char, take a look at October's   🐟How did char e...
03/10/2023

The season has just finished, but if you're looking for ways to eat char, take a look at October's 🐟

How did char end up in the Lake District? And how did Cumbrians eat it? Find out here: https://tinyurl.com/tv5byzn9

📸 A nineteenth century char dish from The Armitt Collection

Image description: A char dish from the eighteen hundreds. The dish is shallow and broad with a pale beige colour, and char fish are painted on the side

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