The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library
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The Armitt celebrates over 2,000 years of Lake District heritage, nestled in the picturesque village of Ambleside.
Founded in 1912, The Armitt combines a gallery, museum and library, devoted to showcasing and preserving the rich history of the Lake District. Collections include objects, books and works of art with fascinating insights into Ambleside and the stories of the people who have lived there for generations. From the development of the area to present day tourism and its artistic legacy, discover the Lake District’s unique heritage.
A particular highlight here is a collection of works by beloved children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, revealing her deep connection to the area’s natural landscape. Other works include paintings by 20th-century artist Kurt Schwitters and books collected by the Armitt Sisters, enduring champions of Ambleside. A programme of temporary exhibitions dives into some of the significant figures who contributed to local culture.
Look out for The Wild Escape at museums and galleries in the next few months. Many have special events, or you can use our audio introduction to help children get involved at any cultural venue.
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