Have you ever heard of Lakeland’s first successful export, distributed all over Britain? We have it on display – the Neolithic stone axes from the Langdale axe “factories”. In the Neolithic era humans started to shape the landscape through quarrying and farming. The Lake District would once have been a dense woodland. Visit the Museum to explore how a natural landscape became highly industrialised. Find out about the River Greta, whose water was the engine for a wealth of water-powered industry.
On display in the Living Here zone are:
- A selection of Neolithic objects, including the Langdale stone axes
- Objects relating to farming and dairy production
- Mining objects, showing specimens of the area including the Caldbeck minerals
- Water powered industries, including flax, bobbins, and pencils
- Information on Force Crag mine and dealing with a mining legacy
Come along to find out how humans shaped the landscape that you see today.