200 years of the Westmorland Gazette

From Wordsworth to the Web: 200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette

Saturday 28 April - 29 December

Here is the news! 

It’s served the community for 200 years and now has an exhibition dedicated to its own story.

Local newspaper The Westmorland Gazette has been the definitive voice of the Lake District.

It has recorded life in the Lakes with stories of its people and places since the 23rd May 1818.

From Wordsworth to the Web: 200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette puts the Wezzy Gezzy into context within the history of printing in Britain.

This exhibition looks at the scoops, exclusives, headlines and deadlines, of this Cumbrian institution.

It also considers the influence legends like William Wordsworth and Alfred Wainwright had on shaping the paper.

Watch ITV Border News feature on the exhibition: 

The importance of press photography will also be in focus with some of the best pictures taken by Gazette snappers over the years.

See an image of film star Joan Collins with giant 'sea monster pike' in the early 1980s - as she visited Cumbria to shoot a movie that was never released.

Film star Joan Collins in water with giant Pike sea monster

The exhibition also looks at how breaking the news has changed in the digital age and includes:

  • A display of light-hearted stories from the paper's history
  • An original copy of the Westmorland Gazette from 1818 - its very first year.
  • Correspondence from William Wordsworth about the Gazette.
  • Specially selected printing objects from the Museum’s collection.
  • Items from the Gazette including printing plates and an original printing press.

There is also plenty for families to do - take a picture in our selfie board and become the headline story, or get to work in our mini newsroom and write your own headlines. Separate real from fake news. 

Check out today's Gazette headlines.

BBC Online coverage of the exhibtion. 

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  • Courtesy of the Westmorland Gazette