The Armitt Museum – Kurt Schwitters

The Wandering Museum Consultant

Mid-July, I spent 3 days working with the Armitt Museum & Library, in the beautiful Lake District town of Ambleside.

The original incarnation of the Armitt was founded in 1912 as a library, and over the last 100 years the ibrary has  collected one of the best collections of guidebooks to the Lake District, the UK’s largest mountaineering collection, and publications pertaining to the Lakes and their history, all dating from the eighteenth century onwards. The Armitt now also functions as a museum and a gallery, with significant collections of Beatrix Potter’s scientific drawings, local Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters’ works, and local photography, archaeology and oral histories.


Although the Beatrix Potter and Kurt Schwitters collections are not the only ones the Armitt has, they are both highly significant and equally fascinating. Today I will tell you a little about Kurt Schwitters:

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters was a Dadaist artist, whose development…

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