About the Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust brings art and literature alive for tens of thousands of people every year.

As well as Dove Cottage and its neighbouring historic buildings, we look after an important collection of works by Wordsworth and the other writers and artists of the period.  At the heart of this collection are the manuscripts that Wordsworth’s descendants gave to the Wordsworth Trust in 1935 so that they could remain at Dove Cottage.

This is one of the things that make Dove Cottage so special.  It is very unusual to find the original works of such a major writer at the very place with which he or she is most associated.

The Wordsworth Trust has been preserving Dove Cottage since it was created for this purpose in 1890.  We are still an independent charity, and our activities today include producing special exhibitions on particular writers, artists or themes, enabling schoolchildren to enjoy poetry, leading activities in local communities, and running a year-round events programme.

The Wordsworth Trust is supported by Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, South Lakeland District Council, Lancaster University and many other generous institutions and individuals.

Our 2018/19 annual review and summary accounts can be viewed below.

Our statutory accounts for 2017/18 and previous years are available on the Charity Commission’s website. Find them quickly by entering our charity number (1066184) into the website’s search box.