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Exhibition, Wed 24 Oct 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family



    This exhibition places The Simpsons family in the context of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the Lake District, and will be especially enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Arts & Crafts furniture, embroidery, leatherwork or design. The exhibition makes links to Simpson craftsmanship throughout Blackwell and presents work by Arthur Simpson, one of the forgotten masters of Arts & Crafts furniture, embroider and leatherworker, Jane Simpson, their daughter Hilda who produced delicate lace-work, and both sons who became apprentices under their father’s guidance.

    Arthur Simpson was born in Cumbria in 1857. He showed an early flair for wood-carving, working in London before returning to establish his famous Handicrafts workshop in Windermere. The superb workmanship of his Arts & Crafts furniture, with its clean simple lines, found a ready market locally.

    Jane Simpson, despite a lack of prior experience, found herself to be a natural at embroidery. Wanting to be actively involved in the business and with the encouragement of her husband, Jane produced startling embroideries, leatherwork and needlepoint bedspreads inspired by the natural world around her. They are beautiful in both their simplicity and attention to detail. Their daughter Hilda also produced embroidery, creating delicate lace-work, and both sons became apprentices under their father’s guidance.

    This is the first time an exhibition of work by the Simpsons family has been presented at Blackwell.

    Image courtesy of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Wed 24 Oct 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    Benefits for Groups Save on our standard admission charge for groups of 12 or more. Visiting all three venues in one day may be too much, that’s why we allow groups to spread their visits over a 7 day period. To be eligible for the discount, all three visits must be made by the same group. FREE coach parking during your visit and a further two hours FREE coach parking at Abbot Hall, to see the historic town of Kendal. Coach welcomed by a member of staff. Pre-booked catering options with reserved seating. Bookable group talks, for differing interest and knowledge levels. Early visits starting at Blackwell before we open to the general public.

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Wed 24 Oct - Sun 6 Jan The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family
    Mon 19 Nov - Sun 6 Jan Grayson Perry, In Focus Display
    Fri 18 Jan - Sun 9 Jun New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement


    Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House


    LA23 3JT


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    Follow A5074 from Bowness, Lyth Valley Road, then take B5360 located 1 mile from Bowness. Blue RAC signs provided.

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