Lake District’s industry brought to life at museum

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry will be the venue for a fascinating talk this week (Wednesday 28th October) on industry in the Lake District.

While the Lakes has enjoyed the knock-on effects of tourism benefits from hiking, trekking and sightseeing over the years, it has also supported its own economy through several industries.

From the farms that produce crops, dairy and live stock, to the mining towns of yesteryear, the talk will provide an insight into what it’s like to try and make a living as a resident of the Lakes District, both then and now.

The talk is free with admission, and will get underway at 2pm. Visitors are also advised to take the opportunity to enjoy the other attractions at the museum, which include a Victorian style high street that shows the food items and medical supplies of the bygone era.

Also on display is a raft of information about Arthur Ransome, one of the Lake District’s noted authors, known to be a larger than life character.

Exhibitions change periodically, and visitors can currently see the acclaimed work of Lake District photographer Joseph Hardman, whose main body of work is drawn from photographs in the 1940s and 1950s.

Another exhibition looks at the progress of the arts and crafts scene in the region, with contributions from Annie Garnett’s textile workshop, Keswick School of Industrial Art, Simpsons of Kendal and The Spinnery.

And don’t miss out on the Williamson Brothers Vortex Turbine Number One – one of the proudest examples of Victorian hydropower engineering which is still in splendid condition.