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Derwent Pencil Museum

Cumberland Pencil Museum

The home of the first pencil, and the Cumberland Pencil Company, since 1832.

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 the 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!

A great day-out for all the family


1.6 miles from Low Briery
Southey Works, Greta Bridge, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5NG
+44 (0)17687 73626
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