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Life of a Mountain: BLENCATHRA The Exhibition

Keswick Museum has teamed up with film-maker Terry Abraham and local community groups to create another exciting, unique exhibition for the area. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who have awarded E27,200 to the project, the exhibition will be bigger and better than ever!

Keswick Museum is celebrating the welcome news from Heritage Lottery (HLF) that they will be funding the work planned for next year's major exhibition Life of a Mountain: Blencathra. This will celebrate the life of an iconic Lakeland mountain and the communities at its foot. The application to HLF was supported by Threlkeld Parish Council and many local residents as well as a number of other community organisations, many of whom gathered at Threlkeld Coffee Shop back in August to begin to plan the exhibition. Jo Alberti, Chair of Threlkeld Village Hall Trust, commented:

"(l) am delighted that the mountain and the village could be central to another imaginative project. Involvement in the way of ideas, objects and research skills of the local people will certainly be forthcoming."

"We are delighted that our application was successful!" said Curator Sue Mackay,

"It means that we can work with local creative facilitator, Jenn Mattinson as Community Exhibition and Volunteers Coordinator as well as local volunteers and residents to collect people's memories, stories, objects and photographs and their hopes for the future and combine them with Terry's superb stills and film footage to make a really exciting and meaningful exhibition". The project will also work with partners Blencathra Centre Field Studies Council (which has its own story as the TB Sanatorium to reveal) and Mountain Heritage Trust.

Terry Abraham commented:

"I'm absolutely thrilled that my documentary will be used in a different way and extended by this project. It's great to be able to retain and build on all the relationships I've made with people in the area. Additionally an abridged edit of the film is set to make its nationwide terrestrial premiere on the BBC in February 2017 which will hopefully encourage more visitors to the exhibition and area. Exciting times indeed!"

To find out more about Terry's projects and trips you can follow him @Terrybnd on Twitter.

Sue and Jenn will be very busy in the next few months talking to local people in Mungrisdale and Threlkeld and those further afield who may have tales to tell about Saddleback and its surroundings.

If you would like to be involved or contribute, please contact Sue Mackay at the museum on 017687 73263 Or Jenn Mattinson on

The exhibition launches on 20 th May 2017 and continues until January 2018, open 10-4 daily.


Theatre by the Lake announce brand new season of visiting work

With rehearsals for the Summer Season in full swing, Theatre by the Lake is delighted to present their upcoming season of visiting work from some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting companies and artists. This diverse season of music, film and theatre runs from July 2017 to January 2018 alongside the theatre’s in-house productions, and has something to whet everyone’s whistle.

For music-lovers there is an eclectic range of opera, folk, classical and pop to suit all musical tastes. The theatre is particularly excited to welcome English Touring Opera to its Main Stage, who will be performing Giulio Cesare, Handel’s most celebrated opera. The two stand-alone performances, The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle, will take place on consecutive evenings on 14 and 15 November, with Christopher Ainslie leading the first-rate cast. This epic drama promises to be a duo of unmissable evenings from one of the UK’s most acclaimed touring opera companies.

Continuing the line-up of music events is Cara Dillon, an award-winning Irish folk artist in her Theatre by the Lake debut, followed by Kathryn Tickell and David Almond with Amy Thatcher who will be bringing their love of musical storytelling, Northumbrian traditions and dancing for a memorable night of irrepressible music.

Also joining us for the first time will be three of the UK’s most successful tribute bands. First up is The Take That Experience, who have been featured on ITV1 and wowed audiences across the UK and Europe. Later in the season we will be welcoming The Karpenters fronted by Laurie Briggs who has perfected Karen Carpenter’s distinct style. Finally, Ed Blaney and his live band will be bringing us the spectacular Ultimate Bowie, complete with amazing costumes and Blaney’s incredible vocals.

In addition to the line-up of exciting new acts, favourites such as The Demon BarbersThe Mighty Doonans and The Mandolinquents return to the Main Stage, alongside a series of classical concerts from Keswick Music Society, who will be celebrating their 70th season.

Theatre by the Lake is always proud to host local societies and drama groups. Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group will be presenting Remember Iraq by Jo Alberti, offering an intriguing perspective on conflict, centred around the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Another local favourite, Keswick Theatre Club, will be performing Rumours, one of Neil Simon’s most celebrated comedies. Finally, Prism Arts, based in Carlisle and an associate company of Theatre by the Lake, will bring a newly developed feast-for-the-eyes, Shadow Tales, which follows the story of a young boy searching for the truth and uses a mixture of live performance and shadow theatre.

If all of that wasn’t enough, An Evening with Pam Ayreswill be taking place in September; a night of witty, insightful and poignant poems and stories performed by one of our nation’s most treasured entertainers. Other talks include Doug Scott telling the legendary tale of tackling the Ogre with fellow mountaineer Sir Chris Bonnington, an epic story of survival in one of the world’s most harsh environments.

“We always try to programme a range of work across genres to contrast with our home-produced Summer Season of theatre.” said Tess Ellison, Assistant Producer at Theatre by the Lake. “I’m particularly excited to welcome English Touring Opera to Keswick for the first time, as well as top quality folk, pop and tribute acts. This season is not to be missed!”

Booking is already open, and theatregoers can book by phone on 017687 74411, online at or in person at the Box Office. Full details of the programme can be found in the theatre’s online brochure –


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