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Sharing the Armitt’s Photographic Collections in Summer 2016

Over the last six months, we’ve shared more of our historical photographs with the community than ever before as part of our ‘In the Picture’ project. Thanks to everyone who has taken part! Now the digitized photographs that we’ve been displaying at host venues in Ambleside can be viewed together on tablets in the Armitt Library.

‘In the Picture’ concentrated on sharing three groups of photographs with strong local links that had been hitherto hidden in our store. New tablets allowed us to invite people to browse digitized images in and beyond the museum. At Ambleside Climbers’ Shop, we showed climbing photographs from the 1890s-1930s; at Ambleside Library, we showed portraits of visitors and residents taken at a Bowness studio in the 1860s; and we brought Herbert Bell’s record of life in the region home to Bell’s Pharmacy.

Now you can see all the photographs together at the Armitt — tablets loaded with images are are available to browse in the Library during normal opening hours. From Victorian fashions to the history of climbing, there’s something to interest everyone.

‘A wonderful collection: good to see and reminisce!’

‘Lovely, really important to preserve the history of climbing in the area’

‘Amazing — as a photographer myself it’s wonderful to see these old photos’

We’ll be adding more images from different collections in the future. “It’s a great way for us to share collections that are too fragile for display,” says curator Deborah Walsh.

Want to get involved? We’re looking for Digitization Volunteers who would be willing to lend a hand with the ongoing digitization of images in our collection… if you have good computer literacy, an interest in local history and enjoy working as part of a friendly team, get in touch with Sue at for more information.

Confirmed dates and venues

Ambleside Library
Kelsick Road, LA22 0BZ

Come and explore images from our Brunskill and Bell Collections.

Saturday 6 August, 10.00am-1.00pm
Saturday 20 August, 10.00am-1.00pm
Saturday 3 September, 10.00am-1.00pm

The Climbers Shop, Ambleside
Compston Road, LA22 9DS

Come and explore images from our Mountaineering Collection.

Saturday 30 July, 11.00am-3.00pm
Saturday 13 August, 11.00am-3.00pm
Saturday 17 September, 11.00am-3.00pm

Thomas Bell Pharmacy, Ambleside
Lake Road, LA22 0AD

Come and explore images from our Herbert Bell Collection at his family’s pharmacy.

Friday 26 August, 11.00am-3.00pm
Friday 16 September, 11.00am-3.00pm
Friday 14 October, 11.00am-3.00pm

No booking required: just drop in! More dates and venues to be posted here soon.