Keswick Museum

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We are a fully accredited museum, managed by a largely volunteer run charitable company on behalf of the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Following a huge enhancement project completed in 2014, Keswick Museum & Art Gallery is now a dynamic and forward looking organisation run by the community for the benefit of the community as well as visitors to the area.

The building and collection was originally owned and managed by Fitz Park Trust and was established in October 1882 and opened to the public in 1898. The museum and the collection were transferred to the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Trust in 1995 with Allerdale Borough Council as the sole trustee. Fitz Park Trust still continues to operate separately with Keswick Town Council as sole trustee.

The management of the Museum & Art Gallery is now in the hands of Keswick Museum & Art Gallery Management Ltd which started life as a community group in 2007 and, following a major renovation funded mainly by a grant of £1,842,455 by the Heritage Lottery Fund,  it took on a 125 year lease on the property and entered into a management agreement for the collection. The organisation gained charitable status in 2014.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Ltd is a limited company which was formed in 12th January 2007 with Company Number 06051644. It gained charitable status in April 2014, Charity Number 1156330.

Our Collections

We care for around 20,000 objects in our collection, which reflects life in the Keswick area.

Our collection themes consist of:

  • Social and industrial history
  • Geology and natural history
  • The work of local artists, writers, and craftspeople

Only 5-10% of the collection is on display at any one time.

Our collection contains objects collected in the past from many parts of North Cumbria. However, we now only collect from the Derwent Seven Parishes (approximately the area covered by postcode CA12):

  • Above Derwent
  • Bassenthwaite
  • Borrowdale
  • Keswick
  • St Johns (Castlerigg and Wythburn)
  • Threlkeld
  • Underskiddaw

See Allerdale Borough Council map (but remember to add Threlkeld which is in Eden!)

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Our Awards

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
Keswick Museum Trip Advisor page

Best Partnership Project finalist 2019
Cumbria life Culture award page

Museum of the Year
On the 12th of November 2015, the museum was awarded ‘Museum of the Year’ at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards! The museum was also a finalist for ‘Exhibition of the Year’ for Wainwright: A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells. The museum would like to thank all supporters, Friends, volunteers and staff for many years of hard work towards this wonderful achievement.
Cumbria Life Culture Awards

Best Small Visitor Attraction
On the 16th June 2015, the museum was awarded Best Small Visitor Attraction at the Cumbria Tourism Awards. The museum would like to thank all supporters, Friends, volunteers and staff for many years of hard work towards this wonderful achievement.
Cumbria Tourism Award Winners

Board of Trustees

  • Clare Poulter (Chair)
  • Gesa Brinkmann
  • Jeanette Edgar
  • Jane Edwards Smith
  • Laura Giles
  • Sarah Harris
  • David Jackson
  • Charlotte May
  • Ruth McCooey
  • Sam Riches
  • John Temple

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Employed Staff

Becks Skinner
Operations Manager
Responsible for managing the collection, staff, and building.

Jim Oribine
Development Manager
Responsible for fundraising and marketing.

Nicola Lawson
Managing the collection and exhibitions.

Tracy Henderson
Responsible for finance, premises issues, and room hire.

Caroline Price-Smith
Operations and Volunteer Officer
Responsible for day-to-day operation of the museum, volunteer management, and retail.

Chris Smith
Operations Officer
Supervising front of house and leading on customer care at the weekends.


There is also a huge group of volunteers involved in various aspects of running the Museum.

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