Popular Cumbrian pencil museum to reopen

Credit: Derwent Pencil Museum

One of the Lake District's most popular visitor attractions is reopening today.

The Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick was badly damaged during the storms in December 2015.

Over the past 18 months, it's been refurbished to a high standard with interactive areas and a drawing facility.

The museum opened in 1981 and quickly became a key tourist attraction for those visiting the Lake District.

Renowned for housing the largest coloured pencil in the world, the museum was gutted by flood water, destroying some artefacts from the prestigious archives.

Many other items were rescued from the devastation including the Austin Morris 1952 van which delivered pencils throughout the area.