Annie Garnett, Arts & Crafts designer and entrepreneur, in her garden in Windermere

Spinning the Colours of Lakeland: Annie Garnett's Spinnery, textiles and garden

On display until 29th January

Visit Blackwell this autumn and explore the Arts & Crafts movement through the life of Annie Garnett.


Annie Garnett (1864 - 1942) was a formidable local designer and entrepreneur whose textiles influenced the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District. She had a keen sense of colour inspired by the flowers in her garden and landscape of the Lake District.  A talented designer and keen businesswoman, Annie established and managed a Spinnery in Windermere, which produced beautiful textiles using traditional methods.  

New research portrays Annie as key figure in the Arts & Crafts movement.  This exhibition showcases the treasures of the Annie Garnett Archive, held at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, and tells Annie’s story through her own possessions and words. Rare autochromes, photographs, diary entries, personal objects and textiles combine to give a real sense of Annie Garnett and The Spinnery. 

This show has been co-curated with Professor David Ingram.

Please note: access to the exhibition is via a small flight of stairs, a visual guide of the exhibition is available. Read the access statement for more information.

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