The Coniston Institute is an amazing village resource which has served the Village of Coniston since 1852.  It was established to promote lifelong learning and development for the people of Coniston. Our aim is to maintain and develop this facility as an anchor in civic life today. We offer a dynamic programme for education, inspiration and recreation for the whole community and visitors alike.



Exhibition Open daily 10am-5pm (Except Mondays)

A contemporary and historical exhibition that includes pre-industrial revolution landscapes, making workshops and an antiques shop. The installation has been designed by artist DJ Simpson and accommodates an indoor bowls alley, maintaining village use of the hall throughout the show.

‘It’s All about the Landscape’

manifestation is accompanied by a special programme of events, workshops, talks and screenings.


For your diary

Monday 13 October

Exhibition Talk & Dinner

6:30pm evening viewing & drinks



Alistair Hudson, Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, will be giving a

valedictory talk about the retrospective exhibition (and something relating to Ruskin, I’m sure). The talk will be followed by dinner and farewell speeches.

 Saturday 18 October

Screen Printing & Surface design Masterclass. £25







Saturday 25 October

Talk & tea: £5







Warren Allison member of Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society will be giving a talk on the Greenside lead mine. It was the longest continual working mine 1820-1960, Ullswater. Warren will talk about its’s connection to Coniston’s history and the local community.

Sunday 26 October

Raku Pottery Workshop, £8



Using hand building techniques and an introduction to a range of decoration

techniques suited to the raku process. It is fun and easy to do being a pretty lo-tec process, but with some wonderful effects. Firing pots takes place 1 November.

Wed 29 October

Film Screening ‘The Lego Movie’ £2

The New Mechanics Youth Group


Saturday 1 November

Raku Pottery Workshop, £15



Glazing, firing and pizza making. For those wishing to attend the

firing only some stock pots will be available for decorating

Old clothes and fire protection recommended

its hot and smoky.

Saturday 8 November

‘Mine Craft’ workshop, £5

Join New Mechanics to build an imaginary interactive

landscape, craft and invent.

age: 7+


Wed 5 November

Film Screening: £3


 ‘Winstanley’ A film by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo

With poverty and unrest sweeping England, the film is based on the life story of the 17th Century social reformer and writer Gerrard Winstanley.

Along with a small band of followers known as the Diggers tried to establish a self-sufficient farming community on common land.

Saturday 8 November

Folk music gig, £3 minimum donation


Holly Clarke and friends will play traditional and contemporary folk songs in the exhibition space itself.

Refreshments available

Sunday 9 November

Afternoon Tea & Talk & Film,  £6

John Atkinson local conservation farmer will talk about how the landscape needs managing for conservation, access and tourism and how farming and farm animals are an important part of this. The talk will be followed by afternoon tea Documentary Film screening: Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Dillon Winter

3:00pm Talk

4:30pm film screening

Sunday 16 November

Talk & Tea, £5


Vicky Slowe Curator of the Ruskin Museum Coniston, will be giving a talk

‘The View Finders’ Looking at landscape painting and the branding of ‘the lakes and mountains of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands’ as a distinct place. The Lake District, a place which became the birthplace of landscape appreciation.


Sunday 23 November

Talk & Tea,  £4


“Nature, Outdoor Adventure and Buy One Get One Free”.

Geoff Cooper educator and adventurer will be talking about the tensions between the growing use of the outdoors, the benefits of outdoor activities but also their impact on environment and communities. He will discuss the growing commercialisation of the outdoors and the decline of real adventure.

 Wed 26 November

Film Screening TBC. £3

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Based on the 1889 novel by Mark Twain, the film is about a mechanic in 1912 who bumps his head and finds himself in Arthurian Britain in AD 528