Dive Into Derwentwater At Keswick Museum

Keswick Museum launches its latest exhibition Dive into Derwentwater, providing a snapshot of the lake through the eyes of its different users; both past and present. The Exhibition will run from the 18th May to 31st December 2019 and has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England and Friends of Keswick Museum.

Derwentwater is a major feature within the landscape of this area, it is a home, a place of work, a place of industry, as well as a favourite holiday destination. This exhibition aims to look at these different viewpoints of the lake, through a series of areas:

Through the eyes of the Local

Through the eyes of the Visitor

Through the eyes of the Naturalist

Through the eyes of the Geologist

Through the eyes of the Creative

Through the eyes of the Sportsperson

The exhibition provides a snapshot of the lake, telling the story of historical figures such as St Herbert, the Earls of Derwentwater and Beatrix Potter through to current users of the lake such as photographer Stuart Holmes and spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry and the wild swimmers of the lake.

Highlights of items to be seen at the exhibition include film props used during the making of Swallows and Amazons, stunning photography by Stuart Holmes and the wonderful journals recording people’s time on Derwentwater. Throughout the exhibition there are lots of things for people to do, from sharing their memories of the lake on our board to creating your own performance at our mini Blue Box Theatre.

Alongside the exhibition will be a series of free lunchtime talks relating to Derwentwater, as well as a Schools Learning Programme. As part of the project, the Museum has been using new technology, both through a touchscreen within the exhibition to play interviews with lake users and the development of a walking app, helping to connect the Museum collection with the landscape.

Becks Skinner, Keswick Museum Manager:

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, we have been able to create this fantastic exhibition to showcase our lake’s story.”

“Derwentwater has such a rich history with so many good stories shared with us, the hardest job has been what to leave out. This exhibition shouldn’t be missed”

Max at Lingholm Max at Lingholm