Cumbria Museum Consortium
The Cumbria Museum Consortium is a partnership of three Cumbrian museums, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust in Carlisle, the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and Lakeland Arts. The Consortium is funded by Arts Council England through their Renaissance Major Grants Programme, with a grant of £3.2 million over three years (2012 – 2015).

Cumbria’s Living Heritage
Cumbria’s Living Heritage brings you an exclusive collection of great houses, gardens and cultural attractions in and around the Lake District. With 30 unique properties on offer all for you to explore, from castles to much loved family homes and glorious gardens to the magic of theatre, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to visit first.


Hotels Combined
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An Arts & Crafts Experience

Nanny Brow Luxury Country House, Ambleside
Combine your visit to Blackwell with luxury accomodation at Nanny Brow, for an extended Arts and Crafts experience. Nanny Brow is an Arts an Crafts gem built in 1904 by the distinguished architect Francis Whitwell. Whitwell, who practiced with Guy Dawber in London, was a fellow of RIBA and later came to Ambleside to build his family home. Built using traditional Lakeland stone on the solid rock of Nanny Brow, this imposing country house boasts of many subtle features so characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement including gentle motifs of animals and flowers in the plasterwork, oak paneling and leaded oak picture windows facing the valley and the hills.

In 2009 Sue and Peter Robinson became custodians of this beautiful house which had been left empty for many years and set about her restoration. The house is featured in the book “The Arts and Crafts Houses of The Lake District” by Esme Whittaker and Matthew Hyde and named as one of the significant properties in The Lake District for the successful bid for UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2017.

Arts & Crafts Links

A full list of local and national Arts & Crafts venues related to the Arts & Crafts movement and Blackwell are available here.

Arthur Ransome

All Things Ransome
All Things Ransome is a website for those interested in discovering more about the works and life of Arthur Ransome, and the sources and influences relevant to his work. In particular, the goal is to provide a permanent home for Ransome-related materials, especially for non-ephemeral works such as the literary pages, essays, articles, and the like.

Local Resources

Cumbria County History Trust
Launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, a collaborative community project created to research and write the histories of all parts of Cumbria, and to make historical information generally available, within the framework and standards of the Victoria County History of England.

Explore and Invest in South Lakeland
South Lakeland is known all over the world for its astounding natural beauty, vibrant culture and internationally renowned events. Hear from resident businesses about why they love living and working here.

Travelzoo, 101 Things to do in the Lake District
Find the best ways to spend time in the Lake District. Browse through the site and find information on the large variety of attractions offered in the area.

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