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Keswick Museum is a thriving hub for heritage within our community, but it can only be that with your support and donations.

The Museum is a charity, with its major source of income coming from ticket & retail sales, the cafe, room hire and donations from people like you.

Over the last few years we’ve benefitted from grants from organisations such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, but funding from these sources is generally for projects – it doesn’t support our core costs running the museum.

Some examples of what your donation could go towards:

  • £10 would buy a new book for our Mr Fox boxes
  • £30 supports resources for a family fun craft event
  • £40 provides a roll of acid free tissue paper for our collection
  • £80 delivers a free storytelling session for the Under 5’s
  • £100 creates a new loan box of objects and activities for schools and youth groups to hire
  • £400 provides gallery stools for use in our exhibition spaces
  • £500 funds new conservation supplies to care for our collection
  • £4500 could fund a History Makers Club for a year to engage young people with the collection
  • £8000 allows us to develop a new exhibition


Would you like to make a one-off donation? Click below to donate via PayPal. Please complete the Gift Aid declaration if you are able to, so that we can claim an extra 25p for every pound you donate. Thank You.

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Leaving a Legacy

Making a will is one of the most positive things you can do. It offers you peace of mind, securing the future of your loved ones and the things that you care about. A will ensures that your estate is divided as you choose, providing for your family and, if you wish, a charity or charities of your choice.

You can leave a legacy to Keswick Museum whether you are making a will for the first time or making an addition to an existing will. For more information on legacy giving, please pick up a copy of our Leaving a Legacy leaflet from the museum or download a copy here. If you would like to discuss making a legacy donation, please e-mail our Operations Manager Becks Skinner at

Corporate Sponsorship

There are regular opportunities to sponsor exhibitions and events at the museum. Sponsorship packages may include family passes for employees; reduced rates on venue hire; invitations to private views and openings. If you would like to discuss potential sponsorship, please contact our museum Development Manager Jim Oribine at



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Donating items to the museum collection

The geographical area which our collections activity relates to is the seven Derwent Parishes – Keswick, Borrowdale, St.Johns, Castlerigg & Wythburn, Underskiddaw, Bassenthwaite, Threlkeld and Above Derwent. Due to limited storage and display space, only unique items with good provenance and which contribute clearly to the story of the area are now collected.

As an accredited museum we have a responsibility to make sure that, when acquiring additions to our collection, their care, documentation arrangements and use meet the requirements of the Museum Accreditation Standard.

If you think you may have something we might wish to add to our collection, in the first instance please e-mail our Curator Nicola Lawson at  with a little background information and ideally a few photos.

Please DO NOT send unsolicited object donations, as we cannot collect everything and we need to have a signature for everything that comes into our care – even if you think ‘if they don’t want it they can throw it away’, we need this in writing with a signature from the legal owner!