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Derwent Pencil Museum

Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum: home of the world's first pencil!

Welcome to the Derwent Pencil Museum: home of the world's first pencil!
Welcome to the 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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Upcoming Workshops & Classes

New for September 2017: Children's Saturday Morning Beginners Art classes aimed at children 8 years old and above. A four-week taster course learning drawing techniques and skills (10.00-11.30 am). Course fee £40.00. For more details and to book, please call the Museum 017687 73626.

Upcoming workshops with our resident artists: Click here for our autumn/winter diary of events.

Crafty Christmas

Crafty Christmas at the Derwent Pencil Museum has arrived - come and join us from now to the end of December for colouring crafty fun!

Open 9.30-5.0