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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

Upcoming Workshops & Classes

WW2 Pencil Craft Activity:

During the half-term (12- 23 february, 2018) break there will craft activities suitable for all ages creating your very own WW2 pencil.

Tuesday, 13th February

This is a life drawing class and there are two artists both dressed in steam punk costume: one will be the subject and the other will assist with tips and techniques to enhance your drawing skills. It is suitable for ages 7/8 and above and is a family-friendly workshop. The classes start at 10.00 am with spaces limited to approx. 25, they will then run hourly throughout the day. The classes are taken by Alex Jacob Whitworth and Gavin Pollock.

Thursday, 15th February

Cartoon workshop with Gavin Pollock. Family workshop designed for all ages to get involved with – enhancing your cartoon skills with step-by-step skills, cartoon strip creativity.

1st class 10.00 am limited to 24 attendees included in your museum admission.