This year marks the 250th birthday of illustrious English poet William Wordsworth. To commemorate the occasion, a yearlong series of projects and events titled Reimagining Wordsworth are taking place to ‘celebrate his life and share inspiration from the past, for the future’.
Marking the official anniversary of the poet’s birth, the renowned Lake District home in which he and his sister once lived, Dove Cottage will reopen on the 7th April for members of the public to visit and explore, following careful restoration. Situated in the historic hamlet of Townend, in which Wordsworth found much of his inspiration, the renovation will encourage visitors to experience what literary icon deemed as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’.
Visitors will be transported back to the 1800s and given a glimpse into how and where the Wordsworth siblings once wrote and lived. New features include a facsimile of Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal on display, a recreation of the beloved Dove Cottage orchard garden William loved so much, sound points from local residents voiced throughout the hamlet, and a new woodland space and walking trails, to name but a few.
Celebrations will continue into the summer with the reopening of the Wordsworth Museum, which will explore the poet’s creative life, boasting spectacular views of Grasmere Vale from a brand-new viewing platform.
Director of the Wordsworth Trust, Michael McGregor said: ‘We are excited to welcome visitors to Wordsworth Grasmere in 2020 to celebrate the 250th birthday of one of our greatest poets. Inspired by Wordsworth’s own wish that his poetry ‘live and do good’, Reimagining Wordsworth will also celebrate the enduring significance and relevance of the poet in fresh and exciting ways. We look forward to welcoming diverse audiences from across the world to Wordsworth Grasmere to experience, in Wordsworth’s words, ‘The one sensation that is here’.
Dove Cottage reopens on 7 April 2020. The museum is due to open in summer 2020.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
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