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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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Artist in Residence courses: summer 2018

Artist in Residence courses: summer 2018
Artist in Residence courses: summer 2018

The Derwent Pencil Museum is delighted to announce the 'Artist In Residence' summer courses 2018. This year we have included a factory visit, where Derwent pencils are produced (requiring own transport), on some courses. For more details click here.

Workshops will include lunch and refreshments, plus an additional 10% discount on Derwent retail products. All art materials are supplied for every course. Prices vary per workshops.

Artists demonstrating this year will be: Beverley Haines, Valerie Woods, Anne Corless, Alex Jacob Whitworth, Carl Fitton, Joanne Kell and Karen Coulson.

Places are restricted to 12 people so, do book ahead to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please phone the Derwent Museum on 01768 773626