The Heritage of Linen Production in Keswick

The Heritage of Linen Production in Keswick


Organizer: Keswick Museum

Name: Keswick Museum

Phone: 017687 73263

Email: [email protected]



Fitz Park
Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 4NF

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Travelling from Penrith on A66, follow signs for town centre. Turn right after war memorial on to Station Road.


The museum’s new exhibition in the Community Gallery explores the historical production of linen in the Keswick area.

It features a potential textile heritage trail along the River Greta - created by the U3A Textile Heritage Group - which highlights many of the textile related sites which once relied upon the river.

It also looks at wool production, featuring local Low Bridge End Farm which produces the raw material in much the same way as it did 200 years ago. As well as managing 100 acres and a variety of rare sheep breeds, farmer William Chaplin-Brice still clips by hand in the field or on the fell.

The exhibition also features a wonderful display of Ruskin Lace, with a legacy linking directly back to Marion Twelves. This important figure had helped to re-establish the linen industry in Langdale in the late 19th century and was brought to Keswick by Canon HD and Mrs Edith Rawnsley in 1889 to help re-start a similar industry in the town with the Keswick School of Industrial Arts (KSIA.)

* NB the museum will be closed for maintenance from 31st December to 15th January 2023.

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
05/12/2022 31/12/2022 .
15/01/2023 31/01/2023 .