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Thursday 27th May 2021

 

The Armitt is a unique combination of museum, library, and gallery devoted to preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of the Lake District, situated in arguably the most picturesque village in the Lake District, Ambleside.
We have remarkable collections of objects, artworks, and books. We invite you to delve into the interesting Lakeland world and hope you leave feeling inspired to come back again.


Our current exhibitions are
:

Beatrix Potter: More than just storytelling – there was so much more to Beatrix Potter than just her creation of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs Tiggywinkle. The Armitt shares the stories of a passionate environmentalist and keen farmer, as well as displaying some of her amazing fungi watercolours.

Visions of Land – a brand new exhibition showcasing a number of artworks from The Armitt’s collection that have never been shown before. The display encourages the visitor to think about the land as an expression of its people, what they thought important, and how we see, think, and feel about it today.

Rawnsley: Defender of the Lakes – a new exhibition focusing on the life and work of Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his dedication to protecting and preserving the Lake District. A benefactor, patron, donor, and sponsor, he was a true pioneer. The exhibition features items from the Keswick School of Industrial Art that Rawnsley founded with his wife in 1884.

OPENING TIMES

OPEN EVERY THURSDAY – SUNDAY
10AM – 5PM
INCLUDING BANK HOLIDAYS
UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2021

Adults £6 including gift aid
Students £4
Children (under 16) Free
Museum Association
and Art Fund Members Free

KEEPING YOU SAFE

The Armitt has taken every reasonable step to ensure you can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the museum.
We have protective screens in place at our reception counter, sanitisers available for use, a one-way route flow, and our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings. We ask that you also help us to all stay safe while at The Armitt by signing in with the NHS test and trace app, wearing a face mask throughout the building (unless exempt), maintain social distancing with anyone not within your group or support bubble, and do not attend if you have COVID symptoms, or have come into contact with anyone who has had symptoms of COVID in the last 14 days.

WHERE ARE WE?

DIRECTIONS
From the south, leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow the signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Travel into Ambleside, following the A591; pass the Bridge House, cross the mini-roundabout, then take the first right turn signposted University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus.

From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 40 and follow the A66 west towards Keswick. Just before Keswick, turn off on the A591 towards Ambleside and Windermere. Follow the A591 past Grasmere and into Ambleside, past Green Bank Road. Take the left turn sign-posted University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus just before the mini-roundabout.

PARKING
There is a South Lakeland District Council pay and display car park on Rydal Road, just across the road from the Armitt. There is also pay and display parking on the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The nearest train station is Windermere. There are regular buses between Windermere and Ambleside, including the 555 and the 599. The 555 route between Keswick and Lancaster travels via Ambleside.
Bus timetable information is available here.

ACCESS
The stair-lift is currently out of action but we are working on getting this going again as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

FACILITIES
The Museum has accessible toilet facilities and a gift shop that sells a range of souvenir items and mementoes.

FOR FAMILIES
We support the ‘Kids in Museums’ Manifesto and welcome families in the museum and library.

We, the Friends, exist to support the Armitt Collection and encourage research and general interest in the English Lake District.

Amongst the many ways we help are by:
assisting in the purchase of additions to the collection; sponsoring specific projects by the Trust; providing a forum and interest group for the many volunteers who put so much time into the Trust; and helping to publicise the Armitt.

Friends benefit from:
FREE ENTRY to the Museum and Library; invitations to attend special Friends’ events including private views, visits to places of interest and social events; the chance to meet like-minded people who share an enthusiasm for ensuring this unique collection flourishes into the future.

The Friends of the Armitt is a charity.

Join us today!
Please contact
The Membership Secretary,
Timothy Bartlett,
c/o The Armitt
Tel.015394 47939 E-mail: timothyjohnbartlett@gmail.com

CONTACT US

Please get in touch with any questions or queries by using this form or call us on 015394 31212

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THE ARMITT: MUSEUM, GALLERY, LIBRARY

THE ARMITT MUSEUM, GALLERY, LIBRARY

Rydal Road • Ambleside • LA22 9BL

Tel: 015394 31212

email: info@armitt.com

Charity number: 1054762