Graphite deposits found in Borrowdale.
Elizabeth I comes to the throne.
Graphite in lump form used as lubricant, medicine & for armaments.
Britain goes to war with France.
Unable to get graphite from England because of the war, Conté in Paris produces
artificial graphite. Borrowdale Graphite is no longer unique!
Napoleon defeated at Battle of Waterloo.
First record of a factory in
Keswick making pencils.
Victoria ascends to the throne.
William Monroe in US invented a machine capable of making groves in wooden slats
for making pencils.
Four factories recorded in Keswick.
Hogarth & Hayes take over the Southey Works in Keswick.
Victoria dies & Edward VII
Greenwood family take over the pencil factory as payment for a bad debt.
First World War starts.
Name of the company is changed to Cumberland Pencil Co.
First World War ends.
Company taken over by British Pens Ltd & start building the current factory.
Logie Baird gives the first demonstration of television.
Development of Lakeland.
Edward VIII abdicates.
Development of first 24
Derwent coloured pencils
Second World War.
Derwent Colour Blocks introduced.
Elizabeth II ascends
to the throne.
Derwent Colours reformulated using non-toxic materials.
Received certificate from
Royal Institute of Public
Heath & Hygiene.
DES memo 2/65 set out limitations on use of heavy metals in pencils supplied to
England wins the World Cup.
Pencil & Graphic Instruments
Safety regulations - safety limit
set on use of heavy metals
in all pencils.
Taken over by Twinlock and renamed Cumberland Graphics.
Development of Colourland
pencils in 36 colours.
Taken over by Rexel. Development of Graphic & Studio ranges.
Rexel taken over by American Brands. Cumberland Pencil Museum opens. Lady Di and
Prince Charles marry.
Development of Watercolour
range (42 colours).
Developed Derwent Sketching
& Drawing pencils.
Tim Berners-Lee invents the
world wide web.
Achieved BS5750 Quality Standard.
Achieved Investor in People accreditation.
Development of Pastel Pencils.
Charcoal pencils launched.
Derwent Artists extended to
Received first order of
Launched pastel, charcoal & graphite blocks.
First metallic pencils introduced.
Manufactured the world's longest coloured pencil. Launched Signature lightfast pencil.
Awarded Queen's Award for Industry for enterprise.
Developed & launched Graphitint.
Launched Coloursoft - our softest pencil ever! Introduced Inktense - the first water-soluble
Launch of the world's first Tinted Charcoal Pencil. Cumberland Pencil Co celebrates
175 years of pencil making.
Factory moves to Lillyhall, Cumbria.
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,
officially opened the new factory.
Onyx is launched, a graphite pencil that is
darker than a 9B.
New softer Derwent Watercolour pencils are launched. Derwent re-branding is underway.
New softer Derwent Pastel Pencils are launched. Derwent creates Facebook and Twitter
fan pages. Derwent launches lovepencils - The Derwent Blog.
Unique Inktense Blocks are launched. Derwent launches ‘The Majestic’
wooden box to commemorate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Derwent launches iPhone
and iPad app.
Derwent launches XL Charcoal
and XL Graphite ranges.