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“Swallows and Amazons for Ever!” Welcome to the ART Website

The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, re-discover, appreciate and enjoy the life and works of Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons. The Trust is working to establish a permanent Arthur Ransome Centre in the southern Lake District. On the way to achieving this we are also developing a range of exciting projects, including exhibitions, displays and Swallows & Amazons resource materials.

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Changes to Fundraising Regulation

Fundraising Standards Board LogoAs you may recall, the Fundraising Regulator was created as a new, independent regulator of charitable fundraising in July, 2016. Its creation follows the Etherington review into fundraising self-regulation, which made recommendations to strengthen charity regulation and restore public trust in fundraising. You can visit the Fundraising Regulator’s website for more information here.

The Fundraising Regulator will oversee all charitable fundraising. As such it replaces the Fund Raising Standards Board (FRSB), which ceased operating at the end of August.

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Voyage of Discovery Update

brockhole_8321Following a successful display upstairs at Brockhole, we have now relocated our Voyages of Discovery to Brockhole’s main exhibition area, next door to the National Park Visitor Centre’s shop. In consequence the display is now open daily from 10.00 – 17.00. If you are passing Brockhole, or exploring the Centre, then please do take a moment to drop in, to discover more about Swallows and Amazons and Arthur Ransome’s fascinating life and works.

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Swallows, Amazons and Coots

swamcoot“There is always more in life than meets the eye. The delightful and unique Arthur Ransome stories from Swallows and Amazons to Great Northern? have captivated us over the years. But now we learn, thanks to this fascinating book, that there are more aspects and depths to the stories than we ever imagined. In no way does this diminish them – on the contrary. By giving us a more profound understanding of the author, the adventures and exploits of his characters take on an extra depth and dimension. These are stories for children that no adult should miss.” (Virginia McKenna, OBE)

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Swallows and Amazons Film Edition

sa-film-book-coverPenguin Random House have released a new edition of Swallows and Amazons, celebrating the release of the new movie on 19 August. Published under their Red Fox imprint, the new edition features cover artwork from the new film. More details are available from Random House Children’s Books’ website, whilst the edition itself is also available from all good bookshops.

The existing softback editions remain in print, as do the hardback and e-book editions.


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Voyage to Brockhole as Swallows and Amazons Opens

IMG_0076Our new Voyage of Discovery has dropped anchor, in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority, at Brockhole, the LDNPA’s visitor centre on the shores of Windermere.

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Voyages of Discovery Update

We are sorry to announce that we have cancelled our next Voyage of Discovery, which was booked for 24 July, at Coniston Country Fair. This is because we all have commitments to be elsewhere that weekend. The Fair itself is still very much “on” and it will be well worth a visit if you are near Coniston on the 24 July.

We very much hope we’ll drop anchor again at Coniston soon.

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