Derwent Pencil Museum

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close The Derwent Pencil Museum until further notice. This temporary closure is in order to protect staff and visitors and to do all we can, as a responsible business, to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please keep following our social media channels and website for further updates.

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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We regularly run art workshops for children and adults during the year. Check out our Facebook Events for more information.

Free drop-in art classes

Free drop-in art classes

We are happy to announce a new social group is starting at the museum!

Join us every Monday afternoon (or only those which you can manage) to spend some time working alongside like-minded people. The idea is simply to bring along whatever you are working on; drawings or paintings, and share your ideas in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Get creative, enjoy support from your peers and get access to specialist support if needed.

If you can let us know you are coming, that would be a great help, but don’t be afraid to just turn up! Check our next available dates on our Facebook events page. Please note, these classes will not be running during school holidays.