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  • Derwent Announces Art Prize 2016 Finalists And Exhibition

    Derwent ®, internationally renowned artists’ materials brand, are proud to present the Derwent Art Prize 2016, on display at the Mall Galleries, London, from the 19th - 24th September, 2016.

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  • Made in Britain Visit Home of Derwent During International Festival for Business

    Following the launch of International Festival For Business by George Osborne MP on Monday [June 13], Made in Britain Campaign have visited the Lake District home of Derwent, fine art materials brand, where they have been manufacturing fine art pencils since 1832.

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  • Derwent at Frankfurt Paperworld 2016

    Derwent will return to Frankfurt for the 2016 Paperworld Exhibition, the largest creative trade fair in the world.

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  • Derwent Successfully Accepted Into Made in Britain Campaign

    Following more than 175 years of manufacturing in Cumbria, Derwent have become a member of Made in Britain, a select group of British manufacturers who are authorized to use the Made in Britain marque.

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  • Derwent Announce Derwent Art Prize

    Derwent, internationally renowned pencil manufacturers, are proud to announce that the Derwent Art Prize will be open for entries from January 2016.

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  • Derwent Launches Stunning Colouring Book 'Unwind in the Wilds'

    Derwent®, the leading manufacturer of artist materials, has unveiled its stunning ‘Unwind in the Wilds’ colouring book in partnership with Keswick illustrator Sarah Taylor, featuring 88 sketches inspired from the rolling Cumbrian countryside.

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  • NEW Derwent Academy flip!

    It’s now hip to flip! With NEW Derwent Academy flip! Derwent Academy flip! a brand new children’s range from Derwent. A cool and funky introduction to the colourful world of drawing and colouring for children aged 7-12.

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  • New Derwent Inktense Intro and Inktense Wrap Set

    Superb pencils, practical storage, perfect gifts! If you are looking for an affordable gift of vibrant water-soluble pencils you can’t go far wrong with this superb set from Derwent which includes 10 Inktense pencils and an Artpack pencil case to store them in.

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  • New Derwent Line and Wash Sketching Set

    Look no further! All your line and wash sketching needs can be found in this excellent value for money artist quality set.

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  • NEW Derwent Viewfinder

    Capture your perfect composition! The Derwent Viewfinder is a classic handy tool for framing the subject of your artwork as you plan the composition of your piece.

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  • NEW Derwent Academy 100 page pad

    The Derwent Academy 100 page sketch pad offers excellent value for money for quality 110gsm quality acid free sketching paper.

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  • The Derwent Art Prize 2014

    Call for entries Rewarding excellence through showcasing the very best international works created in pencil. The Cumberland Pencil Company is delighted to announce the second Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil.

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  • New Derwent Blender Pens

    Smooth and even pencil colour. Derwent Blender pens are designed specifically for use with

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  • NEW Special Edition Inktense Tin!

    Bursting with Colour! Just like watercolour pencils, Inktense are water-soluble, so they can be mixed with water to create really vibrant ink colours. Unlike watercolour, once your ink has dried, the colour is permanent, so you can glaze over different colours and even use them on fabric!

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  • NEW Derwent Traveller

    Travel light with tidy storage

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  • New Derwent Carry-all leaves

    Due to popular demand you can now buy Pencil Leaves for your Derwent Carry-all.

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  • New Derwent Eraser Shields

    Erase with accuracy

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  • Derwent raise money for Children in Need at Carfest

    Last weekend, August 2nd – 4th, Derwent & the Pencil Museum attended Carfest North at Oulton Park.

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  • Pencil Museum on tour!

    The festival season is in full swing and Derwent is making the journey to Carfest North with the Pencil Museum! Making a special journey down there is the Pencil Museum van, a 1954 Morris 10cwt J-Type. The van has entered a variety of Classic Motor Shows all over the country and has been awarded 43 ...

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  • Come and see our GIANT pencil!

    This summer our GIANT pencils are on a mission! Where will you see one of the four 6ft pencils?

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  • NEW Derwent Life homeware

    Derwent wants to add more colour to your life! We have been making fine art colour pencils since 1939. We are proud of our heritage and have teamed up with Tosh World to introduce a range of vibrant homewear.

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  • New Derwent Willow Charcoal

    To compliment the extensive drawing range Derwent introduces its range of willow charcoal.

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  • NEW Derwent XL Blocks

    IT’S TIME TO BE BOLD! Derwent is pleased to introduce its new XL Charcoal and XL Graphite range, a new range of fine art big bold blocks. The chunky shape is 2cm square and 6cm long making it captivating and great fun to use.

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  • NEW Derwent Manual Desk Sharpeners

    SUPER POINT HELICAL DESK SHARPENERS Right to the point!

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  • NEW Derwent Coloursoft Gift Sets

    Superb pencils, practical storage, perfect gifts!

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  • NEW Special Edition Derwent Coloursoft tin!

    Derwent has made an exciting collaboration with Niki Pilkington, an artist who has a fresh approach to illustration, combining detailed portraiture with vibrant pops of colour.

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  • Inktense Blocks range extension

    This year sees the Derwent Inktense Blocks range extended to 72 colours widening your painting possibilities. These chunky water-soluble ink blocks will bring a new sense of freedom and colour to your drawing and painting.

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  • New Pastel Paper Pads

    Derwent launch their first pastel paper developed especially for pastel pencils, this neutral grey paper provides the optimum tone for pastels.

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  • New Pastels Wrap

    Travel light with tidy storage... Pastels can be messy and when you’re out and about you don’t want them to transfer all over your bag or clothes. This innovative storage solution for pastels on the move; the Pastel wrap is perfect for looking after pastels, Inktense Blocks or Artbar when you are...

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  • New Technique Brushes!

    Brush up on your painting skills.....

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  • The Derwent Art Prize Launch!

    Derwent Art Prize 2013 Call For Entries

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  • We've won an award!

    CN Group Business Awards announced The Cumberland Pencil Company as the winners of the ‘Best use of digital/social media’ at a black tie awards ceremony held at the Rheghed Centre last week.

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  • Pencil Museum team celebrate Visit Britain Award!

    The team at the Cumberland Pencil Museum are delighted to have received a Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Award from Visit Britain. Commenting on the Award Alex Farthing, the Museum Manager said ‘I am delighted for the team that we have received this Award as it recognises all their hard work c...

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  • New Derwent Erasers

    Derwent‘s new range of 5 highly effective erasers has been developed specifically for artists. Each eraser will suit a different way of working, yet all offer impressive smudge free erasing.

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  • Art Tutorials added to Derwent iPad & iPhone apps!

    Derwent has added 7 art tutorials, by professional artist & tutor Dee Cowell, to their iPad & iPhone apps.

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  • NEW Derwent Waterbrushes!

    Paint anywhere! Vital brushes for painting outdoors.

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  • New Derwent Manga Kits

    Derwent are delighted to announce the introduction of two great new authentic Manga Masterclass kits each one containing 3 new exciting Manga drawing projects and both at a great new affordable price.

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  • NEW Derwent Ten Top Tips sheets

    Discover how to get the most out of your Derwent fine art media and enhance your creativity with Derwent’s new Ten Top Tips sheets.

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  • NEW Derwent Inktense Selection

    The unique and versatile Derwent Inktense range takes water-soluble media to a whole new level; pure tones, vibrant colours, a highly blendable texture and translucent ink-like washes.

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  • Jubilee Pencil now on display in the Museum!

    To commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Derwent, the fine art pencil manufacturers, crafted a very special Diamond Jubilee Pencil.

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  • NEW Derwent Scale Divider

    The new Derwent Scale Divider is an ingenious drawing tool invaluable to artists. It makes it easy to transfer measurements from life, photographs and sketches ensuring you achieve accurate proportions every time.

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  • Vote for the Cumberland Pencil Co. as one of Britain's Greats

    The Cumberland Pencil Company, makers of Derwent fine art pencils, is passionate about the art of pencil making and is continually striving to innovate and improve its products and processes for the future.

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  • Derwent launch new Watercolour Paper

    Derwent’s new beautifully smooth natural wove Watercolour Paper has been especially developed for use with water-soluble pencils, but it can also team up with all types of water-soluble media; particularly Derwent’s new Artbar range and their Inktense Blocks.

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  • New Watercolour Paper!

    Derwent’s new beautifully smooth natural wove Watercolour Paper has been especially developed for use with water-soluble pencils, but it can also team up with all types of water-soluble media; particularly Derwent’s new Artbar range and their Inktense Blocks.

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  • Derwent creates a pencil fit for The Queen!

    To commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Derwent has crafted a very special Diamond Jubilee Pencil. Only two of these dazzling pencils have been made; one will be presented to Her Majesty The Queen and the other will go on display at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick for all to s...

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  • Derwent creates a pencil fit for The Queen

    To commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Derwent has crafted a very special Diamond Jubilee Pencil. Only two of these dazzling pencils have been made; one will be presented to Her Majesty The Queen and the other will go on display at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick for all to s...

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  • Updated Derwent iPhone app!

    Derwent has just updated their iPhone app with all the latest details of their brand new Artbar range, a solid triangular bar of highly pigmented colour, plus all their creative new accessories including the Scraper, which can be used to scrape away layers of paint to allow the underlying colour to ...

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  • Best of British Wooden Box

    There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate all that is great about Britain with so many special events happening this year

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  • New carry-all

    The new stylish Derwent Carry-all is the ultimate pencil storage solution for up to 132 pencils and more!

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  • Best of British wooden box - buy now!

    There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate all that is great about Britain with so many special events happening this year; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London hosting the Olympic Games and the Cumberland Pencil Company marking 180 years of world class pencil making in Britain.

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  • New Pencil Tin

    Derwent has just introduced a new double-layer Pencil Tin, the simple way to protect up to 42 of your favourite pencils.

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  • New Artbar Range!

    Derwent’s new Artbar is a water-soluble wax bar perfect for creating bold expressive marks and building up texture. The high wax content gives the Artbar a very smooth consistency and its unique triangular shape means you can make many more distinctive marks than you can with a traditional round bl...

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  • Scratchcard Competition

    To celebrate its 180th birthday the Cumberland Pencil Company is putting scratch cards into 10,000 tins of their new Derwent Artbar range which has just been launched.

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  • Derwent introduces new Charcoal Set!

    Charcoal is probably one of the world’s oldest art materials and it is incredibly versatile. It can be used for bold sweeping lines or precise detailed images depending on the type of charcoal you use. Charcoal is also particularly good if you are learning about shading and lighting techniques.

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  • New Watercolour Wallet!

    Getting outdoors to sketch and paint can be great fun and inspirational but you don’t want to carry a lot of unnecessary equipment with you so Derwent has come to the rescue with their new Watercolour wallet.

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  • New Special Edition Union Jack Tin!

    To celebrate 180 years of quality British pencil making Derwent has created a Special Edition Union Jack tin containing 12 soft graphite pencils from their classic Graphic range.

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  • Polish Schools Art Competition

    Derwent and Paleta Art in Poland launched an exciting art competition in art schools in November 2011. The theme was 'Polish Architecture' and the response was fantastic.

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  • Derwent revamps drawing kit!

    Derwent is delighted to announce new contents for its drawing kit. Now designed for use with dry media the kit is ideal for helping create intricate and detailed effects as well as graceful lines and curves.

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  • New Artpack!

    Following on from the success of their pencil wrap Derwent have just launched the new Derwent Artpack. There is no better way to seek inspiration for your drawing and painting than getting out and about in the town or country and sketching ‘en plein air’. The new Derwent Artpack is the ideal compani...

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  • New Derwent Pastel Pencil Skintones Tin!

    Learn the art of drawing pastel portraits with Derwent’s new assortment of 12 Pastel Pencil Skintones.

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  • New Embossing Tools!

    The new Derwent Embossing Tools are perfect for making the right impression.

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  • New set of Paper Stumps!

    Derwent has just launched a new versatile set of Paper Stumps ideal for tackling most sizes of blending task involving ‘dusty’ media.

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  • Colour collection revamp.

    To complement their new Colour Collection 24 tin launched earlier this year, Derwent is delighted to announce that the other products in the Colour Collection family, the 12 and 36 tins and the wooden box, are now being re-launched with a whole new look and updated contents.

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  • Museum Shop goes online!

    The Cumberland Pencil Museum’s flagship store is now available on-line, just in time for Christmas!

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  • The winner of the Artist Auditions is announced!

    Beverley Haines, a mum of two, from Richmond in North Yorkshire has been declared the winner of Derwent’s recent Artist Auditions. Over the last month Derwent have been holding video auditions searching for a new artist demonstrator for their extensive range of fine art materials.

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  • We've just added a useful tool to our iPhone app!

    Derwent has just added a useful barcode reader function to their iPhone App. So if you are in an art store and want to know all about a particular Derwent range it couldn’t be simpler!

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  • New 48 wooden boxes

    Earlier in the year Derwent launched a beautiful and practical new style wooden box.

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  • Derwent Black Journals are now in the loop!

    Journals are the perfect way to capture your first impressions and memories or for a quick initial inspirational sketch when you are out and about. And now there is no excuse for not being able to find your sketching pencil when you need it!

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  • New Eco Pencils!

    Derwent make their fine art pencils in one of the most beautiful parts of England, the Lake District so they are very conscious of how important it is to love and protect the world around them.

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  • We've just updated our iPhone app!

    Derwent are adding even more useful info to their iPhone App. From now on not only will you be able to find out about all the key features and benefits of Derwent’s fine art pencils but its vast range of accessories, sketch books and journals too!

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  • New 18 wooden boxes!

    Derwent is delighted to announce the introduction of a sleek new wooden gift box.

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  • New Black Sketch Pads!

    Sketch pads are ideal for jotting down initial ideas at home or away and Derwent are delighted to announce the addition of 3 new Black Sketch Pads to their range.

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  • New Just Add Water Set!

    Derwent are delighted to announce the introduction of a new and exclusive set of 12 specially selected water-soluble media called ‘Just Add Water’. Explore wonderful Watercolour washes, the ink-like colours of Inktense, the subtlety of Graphitint and the versatility of Aquatone!

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  • New Panoramic Sketch Books!

    Ever wanted to draw your favourite view but run out of space on the paper? The answer is the new wide format Derwent Panoramic Sketch Books. They are brilliant for changing your perspective as it enables you to sketch a scene which in most other sketch books would ‘go off the end of the paper’.

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  • NEW Derwent iPhone app!

    On the move and need to find your nearest Derwent stockist? In an art store and need to know which Derwent product would suit you best? Just download the new Derwent App to your iPhone and all this information and more will be right at your fingertips.

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  • Revamped Colour Collection 24 Tin!

    Derwent is delighted to announce the launch of a completely new Colour Collection 24 tin with a stunning new look and updated contents.

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  • Additions to the Academy Sketching range!

    Derwent is delighted to announce three new and exciting changes to the Derwent Academy Sketching Pencil range.

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  • New blog post - 'Decorate Derwent' winner!

    Derwent are delighted to announce the winner of their recent Decorate Derwent Competition.

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  • New Pencil Museum Website!

    As it celebrates its’ 30th birthday the Pencil Museum, in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new website with a whole new look, even more useful information, free kids drawing projects to download and now its even easier to use!

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  • Replica Royal wedding gift in Pencil Museum!

    To celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton the Cumberland Pencil Company has produced a special wooden presentation box – The Majestic.

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  • New Drawing Board!

    The new Derwent portable Drawing Board is super smooth and provides the perfect drawing surface and rigid support for your artwork particularly when you are out and about – at life drawing classes perhaps or when drawing and painting ‘en plein air’.

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  • New style 48 wooden box!

    A beautiful wooden box when opened to reveal a kaleidoscope of colour pencils is a thing of beauty and makes the ideal gift for dedicated amateur artists and professionals alike.

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  • Winner of Royal wooden box competition!

    Derwent is delighted to announce the winner of their recent Royal Wedding competition.

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  • New Academy Skintones Tin!

    Skintones and textures can be hard to draw and paint as no two faces are the same. To help aspiring portrait artists develop and improve their skills Derwent Academy has put together a specially selected tin of 12 Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils which when mixed and blended together will create ...

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  • Additions to the Derwent Black Book range

    Derwent is delighted to announce the addition of 2 new formats to the range, A3 portrait and A4 landscape, giving artists even greater choice. They can now select from A3 and A4 sizes, in either portrait and landscape formats or a more contemporary Square style (12” or 30.5cms).

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  • Museum 30th Birthday wooden box!

    To mark the occasion of their 30th birthday this year the Pencil Museum has created a special commemorative wooden box featuring a collection of all the stunning Derwent pencils from yesterday and today!

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  • FREE event this weekend at Pencil Museum!

    The Pencil Museum in Keswick celebrates its 30th Birthday in May and to mark this milestone is holding a special 2-day event to ‘Celebrate Art in Cumbria’ on Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th May.

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  • New Sharpening Stand!

    Some pencils, particularly Pastels & Charcoal, are difficult to sharpen with a conventional pencil sharpener as they tend to blunt the blade making it difficult to achieve a good point.

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  • New High School Manga!

    Derwent are delighted to announce a new and exciting addition to their popular and successful Master Manga range, Master High School Manga.

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  • Win a Royal wedding wooden box!

    Derwent would really like to hear if you’ve got something exciting, fun or even whacky planned to mark the occasion of the Royal wedding on April 29th.

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  • Vintage Watercolour!

    To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Cumberland Pencil Museum Derwent have turned to their archives!

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  • New Royal Wedding Wooden Box!

    To celebrate the forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Derwent have created a special limited edition wooden presentation box, The Majestic.

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  • New Academy Watercolour Box!

    Derwent Academy are delighted to announce the introduction of the Watercolour Wooden Box.

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  • Removal of free sample offer online.

    We are sorry to advise that due to an overwhelming response to our free Inktense Block offer we have had to remove the option to register for the sample on our website.

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  • New Travel Sketching Blog Post

    New Blog Post: Katherine Tyrrell describes 10 reasons why sketching with coloured pencils is so useful - especially when on your travels.

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  • NEW Inktense Blocks!

    Derwent are delighted to announce the addition of blocks to their Inktense range. Speaking about the latest introduction Leah Lister, Derwent Marketing Manager said ‘Our Inktense range is unique and very popular. This new media combines the vibrancy and versatility of Inktense with the expressive fr...

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  • New Academy Collection Tins!

    Animals and landscapes are two of the most popular subjects for artists when deciding what to draw and paint.

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  • New Derwent Coloursoft Collection!

    Derwent Coloursoft has been one of the most successful new art pencils launched in recent years and Derwent are delighted to announce a new addition to this popular range - the Coloursoft Collection. This stylish tin, featuring 3 newly commissioned drawings by Tiffany Budd, contains 30 Coloursoft pe...

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  • Our logo competition ends on Friday!

    This is your chance to embellish our logo any way you want! Enter our competition and let your imagination run wild! Illustrate around it, over it, under it, or just simply add bling! All using Derwent products, of course!

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  • Check out our new lovepencils blog post!

    New Blog Post: Meet Pete & Ben who use drawing as a coping strategy for their disabilities.

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  • New Derwent card making kits

    Fancy having a go at creating your own stunning handmade cards? Then Derwent’s new Creative Card Making Kits are perfect.

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  • New look Studio tins!

    As part of its ongoing rebranding programme Derwent is delighted to announce the launch of a stunning new presentation for its range of Studio Pencils.

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  • Pencils website gets revamped!

    Derwent has revamped its popular web site to give you even more!

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  • Win great prizes in our competition!

    Derwent has joined forces with the Old Master Drawings exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight to offer you a fabulous chance to win £200 of Derwent fine art materials, an over night stay including breakfast and full use of the leisure club at the Village Hotel in Port Sunlight in ...

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  • Square Compressed Charcoal!

    Derwent is delighted to announce that it has improved the handling qualities and versatility of its Compressed Charcoal Blocks by changing its shape from round to square.

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  • New Academy Sketching Set!

    If you are studying sketching at school or college or just want to try this absorbing hobby then the Derwent Academy Sketching Set with its range of sketching materials and accessories is ideal.

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  • New look Metallic tin!

    As part of its ongoing rebranding programme Derwent is delighted to announce the launch of its new look Metallic Pencils with a new pencil livery and attractive new packaging.

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  • New Derwent Black Books

    Derwent is delighted to announce the introduction of a small range of black paper sketch books. Available in 3 popular sizes A3 landscape, A4 portrait and Square (12” or 30.5cms), each one contains 40 sheets of 200gsm black paper.

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  • Derwent Pastel Pencil Stockists!

    To download a very useful list of all stores that stock the NEW Derwent Pastel Pencils range, click on the products section of our website, then choose Pastel Pencils and then literature.

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  • Derwent Acts to Protect Environment

    There is increasing pressure on responsible manufacturers to reduce their impact on the environment. Our new factory is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of England, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. We are therefore probably more aware than most how important it is to protec...

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  • Queen Opens Factory

    The Cumberland Pencil Company has been manufacturing pencils in Cumbria for Over 175 years and has just relocated to a new factory at Lillyhall Business Park, Workington. On June 5th we were honoured to receive Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who offic...

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