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Learning programmes for schools
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"This place has felt like home because of your kind hearts and welcoming character, which really made this experience incredible. Thank you."

Taylor, Encompass Trust Journey of Understanding Participant, November 2013

Victorians

The Victorian era, from 1837 to 1901, was a period of great change throughout England, and Cumbria was no exception. 

The Cockermouth-Keswick-Penrith Railway opened for passenger traffic in 1865 and this brought many more visitors to the Lake District. Tourism grew significantly, and the popularity of the area with artists and writers, combined with the work that their experiences inspired, contributed further to the attractions of the Lake District. There is a proposal to restore the railway line to Keswick, renewing its Victorian-era attraction and boost to travel and tourism.

Many hotels and B&Bs in the Lake District are in beautiful Victorian buildings, built by wealthy industrialists, particularly in the South Lakes. The Victorian legacy can also be seen in the steamer boats on several of the lakes in the National Park.

As well as learning about Cumbrian life during the Victorian times, we will investigate the legacy of the Victorians on the landscape of the Lake District, examining positive and negative impacts on the local community and its visitors.

Sample activities

  • Visit Keswick Museum and Art Gallery: the museum was founded in 1873 and it is known as a Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2013 and contains lots of interesting artefacts, art work, and information.
  • Walk through Dodd Wood: the Old Sawmill Tearoom and coach park contain information about the Victorian period. Dodd Wood caught fire when a hot air balloon from Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations came too close to the trees! 
  • Go on the Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water
  • Visit the Pencil Museum: in 1851 there were four pencil factories recorded in Keswick - a boom time for pencil manufacturing in Keswick!
  • Walk or cycle along the old railway line, and look at the bridges over the River Greta.
  • Learn about Victorian mining and mining-family life at Honister Slate Mine.
Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246
Email: reception@derwentwater.org

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