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The Pencil Museum
Keswick, Central Lakes

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The Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick is the home of the famous Lakeland pencil. Visitors are treated to a fun packed day of interactive experiences and hands on activities. Interesting exhibitions, a cafe and gift shop make this an ideal all weather attraction. 

Located in the beautiful town of Keswick at the heart of the Lake District, The Cumberland Pencil Museum is a fun-filled and educational day out for all the family.

Enter the museum through the replica of the graphite mine that saw the foundation of the pencil industry more than 350 years ago. Then you can follow the path of pencil making from the reign of Elizabeth 1st to the present day. Through words, pictures and carefully restored machinery, the Cumberland Pencil Museum takes you through the fascinating history of the pencil. A quiz for children makes the whole visit an adventure in discovery.

The video theatre shows two presentations - one is the story of pencil making at Keswick and the current production techniques, the other is an extract from Raymond Briggs animated cartoon 'The Snowman', which was drawn using Cumberland products.

The three main constituents of any pencil are the outer finish, the wooden casing and the core. The casing is Californian cedar and there is a display showing the production of the 'slats' which form the basis of the pencils made here. The manufacturing processes of the core are explained, from the original use of local graphite to modern methods. You can see examples of some of the machinery used in the different stages of production.

There is a painting machine (some pencils can have up to ten layers on the outside), other displays demonstrate the different uses of pencils; there is a techniques video...


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The Pencil Museum
Southey Works
CA12 5NG
017687 73626

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