Lakeland Arts Trust
The Lakeland Arts Trust was set up in 1957 to save Abbot Hall, an important Grade I listed Georgian Villa on the banks of the River Kent in Kendal. In 1971 the stable block was opened as the Museum of Lakeland Life.
Since Abbot Hall was opened in 1962, the Trust has built up important collections of fine art, furniture, craft and the applied arts. The collections also include contemporary art .
In the late 1990’s the Trust raised the money to acquire Blackwell, an Arts & Crafts House which was designed by M.H. Baillie Scott in 1898. Built above Lake Windermere, the house was opened to the public in 2001, and is one of only a handful of Grade I listed houses from this period.
In 2007 a new site was acquired by the Trust, together with an exceptional collection of historic boats. These will form the basis of a major new development, the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
Please help us preserve and develop our wonderful buildings and collections for generations to come.
Charity No: 526980
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