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Voyages of Discovery Concludes at Brockhole


“Great Exhibition – makes me want to read the book.” “My grandchildren loved the exhibition and trail. Thank you!” “Never heard of it, but now I am going to read the books and see the film.” “I had heard of Swallows and Amazons but didn’t know anything about Arthur Ransome. I do now.”

These are just some of the comments from visitors to ART’s extended Voyage of Discovery, hosted by the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, which drew to a close yesterday, 6 December.

brockhole_8321As the comments about the (then) forthcoming film suggest, this particular Voyage has been in place for quite some time. Long enough, indeed, to have shifted its anchorage part way through. It started upstairs in Brockhole’s White House on 1 August, where it was open each afternoon in the run up to the release of the new Swallows and Amazons movie. On 6 September it “floated” (or at least moved) downstairs to the exhibition space next to Brockhole’s reception and shop – as shown in the photo – where it has been well-received by both private visitors and school groups.

This particular Voyage of Discovery was based around introductions to Arthur Ransome’s “dozen different lives” and Swallows and Amazons, his best-known novel. The latter was enhanced with a mock up camp site and beach landing place, complete with pebbles, boat, tent, camp fire and a gree-feathered arrow. All highly-relevant, if you’ve read the book or seen the new movie.

We added a number of indoor activities, such as wordsearches and quizzes,  in anticipation of the occasional rainy day. Brockhole, meanwhile, made the most of their beautiful grounds with a Swallows and Amazons-themed trail.

We’re hugely grateful to all at Brockhole for hosting the display and looking after it. If you came, thank you and we hope you enjoyed it! If you couldn’t make it, we hope we’ll get a chance to meet at another event soon.

“I loved it.” “Really good.” “I saw the film and did the trail at Brockhole; loved the exhibition and the activity sheets.” 


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