200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette Exhibition

Saturday 28th April 2018 to Thursday 20th December 2018

200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette Exhibition

Time: 10:30am to 5:00pm (Mon - Sat)
Email: info(at)lakelandmuseum.org.uk
Telephone: 01539 722 464
Venue: Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Address: Abbot Hall, Kirkland
Town: Kendal
County: Cumbria
Postcode: LA9 5AL
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Local newspaper The Westmorland Gazette has been the definitive voice of the Lake District. It’s served the community for 200 years and now has an exhibition at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry dedicated to its own story that puts the 'Wezzy Gezzy' into context within the history of printing in Britain.

The Gazette has recorded life in the Lakes with stories of its people and places since the 23rd May 1818. The exhibition looks at the scoops, exclusives, headlines and deadlines of this Cumbrian institution. It also considers the influence legends like William Wordsworth and Alfred Wainwright had on shaping the paper. Visitors will see a 200-year-old copy of the Gazette, as well as items from the Museum’s collections relating to printing.

The importance of press photography will also be in focus with some of the best pictures taken by Gazette photographers over the years. The exhibition will look at how breaking the news has changed in the digital age and also includes:

  • A wall of numerous humorous and light-hearted stories which have been covered by the newspaper.
  • An original copy of the Gazette from 1818 - its very first year. Plus other bound copies.
  • Letters to William Wordsworth from Lord Lowther - a key figure in setting up the Gazette.
  • Specially selected printing objects from the Museum’s collection.
  • Items from the Gazette including printing plates and a printing press.

Westmorland Gazette Exhibition

Admission to the Museum is £5.50 or £5.00 without gift aid. Friends, students and kids free.

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