Marking the centenary of women's suffrage, Armitt Museum celebrates the remarkable women who made their home in Ambleside and the surrounding area.

This exhibition recognises the internationally influential women who lived in and around Ambleside, as part of the county-wide celebrations of 'Women of Cumbria'.

Outstanding women include Harriet Martineau, journalist and social commentator; Charlotte Mason and Jemima Clough, pioneering educationalists; Beatrix Potter scientist, writer, farmer, business woman and conservationist, amongst many others.

Through their words and actions they demonstrated what women were capable of, and in so doing laid the foundations for a more equitable society. In the words of Harriet Martineau, ‘My business in life has been to think and learn, and to speak out with absolute freedom what I have thought and learned.’

Armitt Museum and Library

Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL

01539 431212


Opening times

April - October

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm (Last admission 4:30)

November - March

Tuesday-Saturday 10:30am - 4:00pm (Last admission 3:30pm)

Free entry with National Art Pass

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