Cumbria has not only produced so many talented people, it’s also been a magnet for many famous people from the arts who made this beautiful part of the world their home.
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s simply about The Lake District – there’s plenty more of Cumbria besides and locations such as Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow, Cockermouth and Ulverston provide so many famous names – and by that we mean world famous, perhaps none more so than the great Stan Laurel, born Stanley Jefferson in Argyle Street, Ulverston.
So we, The Northern Line, decided to celebrate the celebrities of Cumbria with our ‘Going Cumberground’ poster. This is the second edition of the poster with some contemporary updates including talented Manchester City and England footballer Georgia Stanway, highly acclaimed musician Jess Gillham and the pro cyclist James Knox.
Modelled on the London Underground style of informational graphic poster, each of the key locations are mapped according to their actual mapped positions. Genres such as sportspeople, artists, musicians and writers are given their colour coded lines as they work their way around the county.
Some will be well known to people on the poster and others less so, with characters such as Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr, the filmmaker Ken Russell and Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson.
Cumbria has so much to be proud of, especially now that The Lake District is a World Heritage Site, but it’s been a provider of real talent that have made their mark not just in terms of British culture but worldwide appeal and notoriety as well. It continues to be a rich seam for creative talent and this poster illustrates the wealth of that talent.