This room is devoted to Arthur Ransome. Born in 1884 in Leeds Ransome’s desire to become a writer started early. He had moderate success with his writing and became a journalist for the Daily News and Manchester Guardian. He lived in London, Russia and Estonia before settling in the Lake District in 1925. Here he renewed a friendship with the Altounyan family and he and the father of the family taught the children to sail on Lake Windermere in 2 boats, Swallow and Mavis. Inspired by life on the lake Ransome wrote his most famous work Swallows and Amazons in 1929. The book received good reviews and Ransome ceased to work as a journalist, devoting himself to writing children’s fiction full time. The Swallows and Amazons series attracted many fans and continues to do so today.
In this room you can see many of Ransome’s personal items including his library, sketch books, and beautiful pen and ink illustrations for his stories.
Featured Item - Arthur Ransome’s Desk
Central to the Ransome Room is Arthur Ransome’s own desk. Here you can see where he sat to work and examine many of his favourite personal items. On the desk you can discover his typewriter, his pipes and the souvenirs he collected on his travels among many other objects.
Why not visit Blackwell this Summer for our celebration of Swallows and Amazons