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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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New beginning for Keswick museum

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery reopens after a £2 million improvement project.

The museum, on Station Road, has undergone a two-year revamp.

It now features a permanent display from its collections reflecting the landscape, natural history, social history and art of Keswick and the north Lakes.

There is a temporary exhibition of artwork chosen by local people called People’s Choice.

A changing exhibition by partners Mountain Heritage Trust explores the impact of Word War One on the climbing community, including the life of Siegfried Herford and the photography of the local Abraham brothers.

There is now a learning centre with a programme of activities and a space to hire.

Charity West House has joined forces with the museum to provide a branch of its popular Cafe West in the building, which opened in April.

Modernisation has also improved the entrance and toilet facilities, as well as improving display and storage facilities.

The work has been funded by £1,779,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £310,000 from Allerdale council and £35,00 from Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in association with Defra.

Friends of Keswick Museum and local organisations and individuals have donated or pledged money towards match funding to make the project possible.

Keswick Museum was opened by the Literary and Scientific Society in 1898 in the current building.

The art gallery was added in 1905, featuring fittings by the renowned Keswick School of Industrial Arts.

The collection and building are owned by a trust administered by Allerdale council.

It is now managed by the largely volunteer-run charity Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Management Ltd.

The museum will open 10am-4pm daily throughout the year thanks to a large volunteer front-of-house team supported by staff.

A family and friends annual pass is available for locals.

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