Graphite found in Borrowdale
First record of a woodcased Borrowdale Graphite pencil by Konrad Gessner, in his book on fossils, published in Zurich
Graphite in lump form used as lubricant, medicine & for armaments
First recorded factory manufacturing pencils in Keswick
72 Derwent colours developed
Secret wartime pencil produced for aircrew in bomber command, World War II
Pencil Museum opens in Keswick
'The Snowman’ released - Derwent pencils were used to create the animation
Derwent Watercolour Pencils range launched with 42 colours
UV painting process developed
Manufactured the world's longest coloured pencil (7.91 metres / 26 ft long)
Won Queen's Award for Enterprise for UV process. 'Ice Age' released - Derwent pencils were used to create characters
Inktense Pencils launched - pencils that act like ink when water added.
Coloursoft launched - UK's softest colour pencil!
New factory built at Lillyhall & opened by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh
Derwent creates Facebook and Twitter fan pages and launches lovepencils.co.uk blog
Chunky blocks of Charcoal & Graphite are launched under the 'XL' range
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