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Temporary museum closure due to COVID-19 until 17th May


Due to the current situation with Covid-19, regretfully, we have had to take the decision to close the Derwent Pencil Museum until the 17th May.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back, please subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on social media for updates about re-opening.

Update: The Derwent Pencil Museum due to reopen on the 17th May


We are hoping to be able to reopen our Pencil Museum on 17th May, all being well with government regulations. We will have in place Covid-safe procedures to keep our staff and visitors as safe as possible whilst giving our visitors an exciting and interesting experience. 

Our Museum attracts over 80,000 visitors a year with an interesting exhibition of pencil manufacture, local history, a food and drink take-away service, retail space showcasing Derwent products, art demonstrations & workshops.

Job Vacancies: In preparation, we are now recruiting four Museum Staff temporary positions for a 4th May start. Please note these roles would based in Keswick, UK. For further details on the vacancies please click here.


Derwent Pencil Museum

Home of the world's first pencil!

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production.

Discover our secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps; one of the largest colour pencils in the world measuring almost 8 metres; The Queen's diamond Jubilee pencil; miniature pencil sculptures; and much much more! We also have a Derwent fine art retail shop, run art workshops and there is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. A great day-out for the family and we look forward to welcoming you.

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