• Limited accessibility
  • Toilets
  • Lunch facilities
  • Linked loans boxes
  • Coach parking
  • Coach drop off
  • Cafe
  • Gift shop
  • Goody bags
  • Outreach sessions

Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

Step back in time and discover how the people of Cumbria lived, played and worked. This quirky,
colourful collection brings local history to life through a wonderful mixture of exhibitions, period rooms and a chance to wander down the street scene to explore a pharmacy, printmakers and toy shop. Pupils learn about lost Lakeland trades and local figures including author Arthur Ransome and photographer Joseph Hardman. With an interactive ‘curator’s office’ learning space and activity trails for self-led visits.

Learning Sessions


(2hrs) Early Years and KS 1

In this multi-sensory session, pupils learn about changes in living memory by exploring how toys have changed over the last 100 years. By exploring historic rooms and ostume, pupils can imagine life before
plastics, batteries and electricity. Pupils will have the opportunity to play traditional games in replica Victorian costume and make a toy
to take away.


(10am – 2.30pm) KS 1/2

Explore history as storytelling. Discover hidden stories and traditional tales around the museum and become a storyteller. Pupils will learn to use stop-motion animation technology to bring their narratives to life!
Developed with St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Kirkby Lonsdale, and local storyteller Ian Douglas.

Additional Activities


(2hrs) KS2
Local history, literacy, healthy eating, maths

Explore Cumbria’s history through food! Learn the story of the humble oat from the Iron Age to modern day as we make clapbread, a staple for centuries. Followed by ice cream made the old-fashioned way, pupils will enjoy a delicacy previously reserved for the elite. These historic recipes demonstrate two distinct periods in Cumbria’s history and changes to the class system, expansion of the railway and our relationship with Scotland. Developed and piloted by Grange CofE Primary School.

Familiarisation Visits

Teachers are encouraged to visit free of charge to be inspired by the
collection or prepare for a school visit.