Welcome to The Armitt – a museum, gallery, and library full of interesting and unusual objects telling the history and heritage of Ambleside, its people, and the surrounding Lake District landscape. Tickets to visit the museum and exhibitions can be booked online via the website or alternatively at the museum’s visitor reception. Please explore some of the key series of collections here and we look forward to welcoming you and helping you explore the heritage of the Lakeland world.
Nestled in the valleys, mountain ranges, and on the coastlines of Cumbria are ancient artifacts, giving us a glimpse into the lives of past peoples. These artifacts are pieces of archaeology. The Armitt holds over 1000 of such archaeological items in its collection ranging from prehistoric items to objects from the Roman occupation of Ambleside from the first to the fourth centuries.
German-born artist Kurt Schwitters settled in Ambleside in 1945. Many of his paintings are now in The Armitt’s collection, including Silver Howe, Bowl of Flowers, and Dr Johnston. Find out more about the artist and his works here.
The Armitt Sisters
The Armitt was named for, and after, Mary Louisa Armitt who wished that there would be “a place for academic and booklovers and eventually a museum might be made that should illustrate the life of Ambleside, through the long past to the present”. Discover the Armitt sisters’ story.
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) established her House of Education in Ambleside in 1892. Her friend Selina Healey whom she had met at college in London in 1860 lived there, and Charlotte often visited. She thought Ambleside was an ideal place to set up her training institution for governesses.
Few people are more embedded in the Lake District than writer and artist Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). She is world famous for her beloved children’s books, but she achieved a great deal more in her life. Learn about her scientific ambitions, her watercolours of fungi and archaeological artefacts, her involvement in Cumbrian farming, and much more…
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