Hands on History

Art Gallery - What's On?

The Lakes District Museum and Gallery's special exhibition gallery hosts a variety of excellent quality art and historical exhibitions. Space in the gallery can be booked and is highly sought after.


 Showing now in the Gallery:



29 January - 18th April 2021

An exhibition of early survey maps from our collection accompanied by photographs and local art.

'Foundations', as a concept for an exhibition, was conceived when we recently digitised a selection of beautifully hand coloured survey maps that we hold in our collection.

As we carefully photographed and studied these maps, our admiration for the early surveyors grew, as did our fascination with the similarities and difference between the maps and the towns that eventually grew from them. 

Sitting alongside the maps are some of our favourite photographs from the museum's collection, plus local artists have contributed works depicting our built heritage to add to the story of how our early towns developed.