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Forthcoming exhibitions

Tree Tales of the Eden Valley 24 March to 30 April 2017

Cat in tree by Hannah FoxWhen people touch wood to ward off misfortune, this is a relic of the days when guardian spirits were supposed to live in trees. The forest imagination has inspired some remarkable work in art and poetry, complementing the Romantic traditions of mountain scenery and the sublime - abundant in the Lake District.

This exhibition celebrates the forest imagination of the Eden Valley, through folk tales, heritage and art. Woodland forms the backdrop for the strange rituals of the druids in Jacob Thompson’s famous painting, and offers the setting to the tales of Adam Bell, William of Cloudsley and Clym of the Clough - the Robin Hoods of northern England.

To accompany this exhibition, we are excited to display an installation piece of short-film animation by Hannah Fox. Hannah is a professional freelance Artist based in Cumbria who works with Puppetry, Papercuts and Animation. She adopts simple, low-tech making techniques to create unusual hand-made animations that tell bold and imaginative stories. For more information visit Hannah Fox's website. Join Hannah to participate in the creation of this new animation. Explore ways to create a small image and make it move! No experience needed.

  • Animation sessions Saturday 4 March 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
    (Free, but booking required as places are limited. Choose either 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm session.) 
  • Sessions are free
  • Suitable for 12 years+
  • Participants are welcome to bring along photographs and other 2-D material related to trees and woodland of the Eden Valley for use in the animation

The History of Freemasonry in Penrith and The East Lakes and 300 Years of the United Grand Lodge of England: 3 June to 6 August 2017

Freemasons have made, commissioned and used a range of objects, books and documents which together tell the fascinating story of the fraternity. An intriguing selection of such artefacts owned by the Penrith Masonic Hall Trust is being made available for an exhibition to run at Penrith and Eden Museum from 3 June to 6 August 2017 to mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

On 24 June 1717 four London lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern near Saint Paul’s Cathedral as a Grand Lodge, and elected a Grand Master to preside over them, and so began the history of modern freemasonry. Freemasonry’s values of sociability, charity, integrity and inclusivity shared by all its members, enabled it to develop into a significant social institution that endures to this day.

The United Grand lodge of England currently has over 200,000 members who meet in 6,800 lodges across England and Wales and the Channel Islands and in a number of districts and lodges across the world. The material to be displayed as well as having symbolic and ritual significance which will be explained, possesses aesthetic appeal, and will be of interest to anyone interested in the decorative arts and design.

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