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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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Latest News

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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Swallows and Amazons Movie Trailer

Publicity Photo from Swallows and AmazonsThe trailer for the forthcoming Swallows and Amazons movie is now available at the movie’s Facebook page, here.

The movie will be released on 19 August.

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All Aboard to Go to Sea

Full Cast Eastern AnglesNick Wood’s acclaimed adaptation of We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, produced by Ivan Cutting, sets sail next Thursday, 23 June, at the Hush House, the unique and atmospheric aircraft hanger theatre at Bentwaters Park, Woodbridge, near Ipswich.

Eastern Angles has been the regional touring company for East Anglia since 1982. Based at the Sir John Mills Theatre, its productions enjoy a national reputation for high quality writing with a regional flavour. Arthur Ransome’s classic story of We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, which pitches John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker (the Swallows of Swallows and Amazons) into a life-or-death adventure in the North Sea falls right into this category.

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Unusual Visitors at Holker Hall

Greeting Topiary at the Holker Garden FestivalWe enjoyed three hot and sunny days on our Voyage of Discovery to the Holker Garden Festival, on 3 – 5 June. Thank you to all our visitors. Some may have been more “unusual” than others (just how should you greet topiary?). But it was a pleasure meeting you all and we enjoyed several interesting conversations about Arthur Ransome’s life and works, as well as much interest in the forthcoming Swallows and Amazons movie.

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Inspirational Landscapes on BBC4

Filming at Coniston Have you ever wondered how the landscapes and waterscapes of the Lake District, Norfolk Broads and Suffolk inspired Arthur Ransome, or how his Swallows and Amazons novels have in turn inspired generations? If so, do look out for a new documentary set to air on BBC4 on 29 June. Presented by Alice Roberts and Dick Strawbridge, it will not only explore the better known landscapes of Swallows and Amazons itself, but also those of its Cumbrian and East Anglian sequels.

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Pigeon Post Unearthed

Pigeon Post Presentation CopyCongratulations, thanks and “three million cheers” to Sheila Campbell, who has unearthed Pigeon Post in the first of the twelve “virtual trunks” hidden in ART’s Ransome Map. Sheila found the trunk whilst sponsoring part of the Swallowdale Fells.

The Ransome Map is a way to help us achieve our aim of “Putting Ransome on the Map” by establishing a permanent Arthur Ransome Centre in the Lake District. Divided into 900 jigsaw pieces, the Ransome Map covers the lake and fells of Swallows and Amazons and its sequels, from the North Pole to Antarctica, and the railway station at Rio to the summit of Kanchenjunga.

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