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Big fan of niche museums. I don't know if the limited remit makes them work harder to make them good?

Here's a few photos for the pencil museum in Keswick where they used to make pencils.

The old factory isn't used anymore but fresh art deco paint and typography still there Cumberland pencil factory

One of the two oldest pencils in existence. From before 1837 One of the two oldest colour pencils still in existence

They had a few of these pencils where the lead had been sculpted by an artist. A pencil nib sculpted into Big Ben

They also had fun stories like the guy who inspired the Q character on James Bond commissioning them to make a pencil that could hide a map in it. Also the biggest pencil in the world. It was a good time!


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