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Home of the world's first pencil!

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, 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 our 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! We also have a Derwent fine art retail shop, run art workshops and there is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. A great day-out for the family and we look forward to welcoming you.

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Job vacancies at the Museum

Our Museum attracts over 80,000 visitors a year. For summer 2022, we have a redesigned exhibition of pencil manufacture and local history, as well as our coffee shop, retail space, including Derwent products, and other art materials and gifts.

We are now recruiting:

1 Seasonal Museum Assistant

We’re looking for enthusiastic customer focused staff to help run our thriving Museum, coffee shop and retail shop to work on a zero-hours basis but we would anticipate working from August to approx. 31st October (but could be earlier finish to fit in with school or University or other commitments), minimum of 3 days, maximum 5 days per week.

You will have some experience of retail, café work or similar, and an interest in art would be an advantage.

£9.75 per hour

Please send your CV to Judy Sutcliffe at judy.sutcliffe@acco.com or to Tracy Strong at the Derwent Pencil Museum tracy.strong@acco.com


Visitor safety

Your visit to the museum may be a little different due to the new safety procedures we have now put in place, however, our focus still remains on delivering an enjoyable museum experience.
  1. We have carried out a thorough risk assessment of our entire business, sharing the results with every member of our team.
  2. Extensive training has been given to all employees on hygiene, social distancing and transmission risks.
  3. Increased cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures are in place throughout the building.
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure people can maintain a safe social distance.
  5. At the beginning of each day, every member of our team has their temperature taken, and we will be recording visitor and staff details in line with the Government's contact track and trace initiative with the NHS.


We have been awarded the latest accreditation from Visit England, which was applied for and presented to the Pencil Museum. 
Face coverings are recommended and encouraged for your visit.