The decorative art collection consists of metalwork from Keswick School of Industrial Arts.
This collection mainly consists of metalwork from the Keswick School of Industrial Arts (KSIA), founded by Canon H.D. & Edith Rawnsley in 1884.
The collection includes some early pieces of repoussé and chased copper articles by named artists including W.H. Mawson and a fine portrait of Rawnsley in bronze relief by Edith Maryon, and various sporting trophies and shields, some silver, but the bulk is later stainless steel commemorative ware.
There are also some KSIA fixtures and fittings in the building itself. The busts of the Lake Poets include a nationally important bust of Hugh Walpole by Epstein. The Goldscope Cup is a fine piece of silversmithing, but its main importance lies in the locally sourced silver.
The decorative art collection has circa 80 items.