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“Swallows and Amazons for Ever!” Welcome to the ART Website

The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, re-discover, appreciate and enjoy the life and works of Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons. The Trust is working to establish a permanent Arthur Ransome Centre in the southern Lake District. On the way to achieving this we are also developing a range of exciting projects, including exhibitions, displays and resource materials.

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Swallows and Amazons on Broadcasting House

If you’re near a radio tomorrow morning, Sunday 26 July, at 9.00am, you might like to tune in for BBC Radio 4′s Broadcasting House, in which Dan Damon is scheduled to interview Robert Thompson (who some of you may know as the piratical skipper of Coniston Launch’s weekly “Swallows and Amazons Cruise”), at Rusland and Coniston about Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons.

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Coniston Regatta and the Lowther Show

Current and Future EventsWe regret to advise that this year’s Coniston Regatta has been cancelled. Consequently we will not be taking a Voyage of Discovery to Bank Ground Farm this year.

Our next Voyage of Discovery will be to the Lowther Show, on 15 – 16 August. If you are going to Lowther, please do drop by to say “hello”!


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Swallows and Amazons Begins Filming

The new Harbour Pictures and BBC Films production of Swallows and Amazons began filming a few days ago in the Lake District. The production is scheduled to move to Yorkshire after location filming on and around Coniston Water and Derwentwater.

Further casting news has been released and commencement of filming has also led to discussions about a change to one character’s name: from Titty to Tatty.

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How to be Bohemian

The first episode of BBC4′s new series, How to be Bohemian with Victoria Coren Mitchell, exploring the history of Bohemianism from its Parisian roots to the early 20th Century in London, was broadcast on 8 June. Her guide, for the latter period, was Arthur Ransome’s first “real” book, Bohemia in London, first published in 1907.

The first episode is available on BBc iPlayer for four weeks from 8 June, 2015, with the section about Arthur Ransome beginning at around 50 minutes. The second episode airs on 15 June on BBC4.

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