Facilities

  • Limited accessibility
  • Toilets
  • Coach parking
  • Coach drop off
  • Gift shop

Armitt Museum and Library

The Armitt Library was founded over a century ago to provide a reference library for the scholarly community that lived in and around Ambleside. It had a close relationship with the Charlotte Mason College, now part of the University of Cumbria. Apart from the library, which contains 14,500 volumes including many rare books, it holds the Beatrix Potter natural history collection, the Kurt Schwitters collection of works, the Charlotte Mason Archive, a collection of Neolithic, bronze age, Roman artefacts and various manuscripts and ephemera relating to the history of the Lake District. It is currently housed in a purpose built building opened in 1997.

Learning Sessions

Teachers CPD - LAKE DISTRICT PRE HISTORY TO THE ROMANS

2hr CPD session 4-6pm
Led by Deborah Walsh, BA (hons). MA.

The session, with hands on examples, covers the history of the Lake district from the retreat of the last ice age to the Romans Occupation.

Teachers CPD - THE HISTORY OF LAKE DISTRICT TOURISM

2hr CPD session 4-6pm
Led by Graham Kilner, BA (hons). MA.

Tourists have been coming to the Lake District for over 250 years. The session explores the origins of tourism, its development, and its
impact on the Lake District.

Teachers CPD - THE HISTORY OF CONSERVATION IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

2hr CPD session 4-6pm
Led by Graham Kilner, BA (hons). MA.

The Lake District is arguably the point of origin for the conservation movement in the UK, because of its association with the Romantic movement which caused people to look at landscape and culture in a different way. The session explores how William Wordsworth and others shaped the way we look at the world and the actions that flowed out of it.

Teachers' CPD -THE OTHER BEATRIX POTTER – SCIENTIST, CONSERVATIONIST

2hr CPD session 4-6pm
Led by Graham Kilner, BA (hons). MA.

Beatrix Potter’s name resonates in the Lake District as its most famous resident author. But it is arguable that her pioneering foray into science, and her later work as a conservationist are equally important. This session firstly touches on the history of science, mycology, and the role of women in science, and then on her pivotal role in the conservation of the landscape and culture of the Lakes. Important ideas are addressed through the activities of this well known character.

Additional Activities

Schools Learning Sessions - Invitation to work with us

We are currently developing our learning sessions around three key themes:

THE LAKE DISTRICT – PRE-HISTORY TO THE ROMANS
THE HISTORY OF LAKE DISTRICT TOURISM
THE HISTORY OF CONSERVATION IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

We are looking for schools (primary and secondary) to work with us to develop these learning sessions. We invite you to work with us over half a term to create learning opportunities that fit with the
curriculum and use the unique collections and resources that we have at the Armitt.

For further information, please contact Graham Kilner on 01539 431212, email info@armitt.com or visit our website www.armitt.com