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*Important Information*
Due to unforseen circumstances the Derwent Pencil Museum is currently closed. We are hoping to reopen on Wednesday 28th July.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum soon.


Important Update (post 19th July):
Face Masks:
- Due to increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, we have decided that mandatory face wear during your visit to the Pencil Museum will continue after the 19th July, until further notice. This is to ensure the continued safety of all our staff and visitors. This does not apply to those who are exempt.
Booking:
- Telephone bookings will no longer be required at the Museum from Monday 19th July.
Test and Trace:
- Test and Trace is still in place and scanning of the NHS QR code or completion of a paper form will be required for all visitors over the age of 16.
Parking:
- There will be no parking available on the Derwent Pencil Museum site between 17th July - 6th August 2021 due to the Keswick Convention. The nearest parking will be at the Rawnsley Car parks. Temporary signage will be displayed to direct Museum and disabled parking.
Children's Activities:
- Children's activities will resume from Monday 26th July. Various activities will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3.30pm – booking is not necessary.



The Derwent Pencil Museum is open!

Our staff are excited to be back but our priority continues to be their – and our visitors – health, safety and well-being. This is why we are now taking telephone bookings for our Museum visitors. This is essential to allow us the opportunity to operate in a safe manner which allows you to feel relaxed and comfortable during your Museum visit.


We have introduced the following Covid-19 measures throughout the building:

The Café is closed – hot & cold drinks, snacks and ice-cream only available for take-away. There are park benches provided outside.

The Shop – to allow for social distancing, we have limited the number of people permitted in the shop. We have redefined entry and exit points, sanitizer stations, social distancing markers, and, where possible contactless card payments. There are now 2 retail tills to alleviate any queues.

The Museum – reduced number of visitors allowed in the museum with social distancing guidelines. Please call 01768 773626 and payment is required at the time of booking. We have frequent deep-cleaning in place, one-way floor markings and signage, hand sanitization points, and team members available to help with the flow of visitors. Overflow queue system in place outside the building. Option to book a visit to return at a later date or time (depending on availability).
Due to increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, we have decided that mandatory face wear during your visit to the Pencil Museum will continue after the 19th July, until further notice. This is to ensure the continued safety of all our staff and visitors. This does not apply to those who are exempt.

Schools/Groups –  Unfortunately, we are unable to take Group or School Bookings at the moment, but we are trying hard to find a safe way to re-introduce this in the future. 

Art activities – The Monday Art Group will not be available until further notice.  Children’s activities and art demonstrations will not be going ahead due to current Government Guidelines.  

Visitor safety

Your visit to the museum may be a little different due to the new safety procedures we have now put in place, however, our focus still remains on delivering an enjoyable museum experience.
  1. We have carried out a thorough risk assessment of our entire business, sharing the results with every member of our team.
  2. Extensive training has been given to all employees on hygiene, social distancing and transmission risks.
  3. Increased cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures are in place throughout the building.
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure people can maintain a safe social distance.
  5. At the beginning of each day, every member of our team has their temperature taken, and we will be recording visitor and staff details in line with the Government's contact track and trace initiative with the NHS.


We have been awarded the latest accreditation from Visit England, which was applied for and presented to the Pencil Museum to show that Visit England are happy for us to receive visitors once again.

Derwent Pencil Museum

Home of the world's first pencil!

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production.

Discover our secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps; one of the largest colour pencils in the world measuring almost 8 metres; The Queen's diamond Jubilee pencil; miniature pencil sculptures; and much much more! We also have a Derwent fine art retail shop, run art workshops and there is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. A great day-out for the family and we look forward to welcoming you.

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