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Reliving Wordsworth: Upstairs, Downstairs

Dove Cottage & Garden

07 February 2017
11.00am - 12.00pm, 2.00 - 3.00pm

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Both the morning and afternoon sessions of this event has now SOLD OUT.  Please call us on 015394 35544 if you would like to be added to the waiting list. 

We are very privileged to be able to use the houseplace of Dove Cottage as the Wordsworth family did – as a place to share a cup of tea and slices of toast together accompanied by lively conversation and an opportunity to learn something new.  There are ten Dove Cottage Tuesdays talks this winter, four in December and six in February, and each discussion will be led by Wordsworth Trust staff and friends on a topic of their choice.  

The theme for these two talks is the stories of the rooms in Dove Cottage, of the people that lived in them and events that happened there. 

Dear Mary, we are glad to be at home. No fireside is like this’. So wrote Dorothy Wordsworth to Mary Hutchinson in April 1802.

Dove Cottage was the Wordsworths’ ‘home within a home’ of Grasmere Vale; within it, they did unremarkable things, described often in remarkable words of poetry and prose.

Join Jeff Cowton to reimagine daily life in the cottage, as we reveal the stories attached to each room: Wordsworth by his fireside listening to the ‘flapping of the flame’; the local children dancing in the houseplace one Christmas; an insomniac Wordsworth in bed imagining ‘A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by / One after one…’; Coleridge writing a poem as he waits in an upstairs room for the rain to stop - ‘But only now, for this one day,  Do go, dear Rain! do go away!’ 

Such moments, and the writing that came from them, can be best enjoyed in the very house where they occurred. Please join us for two hours of getting to know Dove Cottage from a new perspective – the morning will focus on the downstairs rooms, the afternoon on the upstairs.

Jeff Cowton is the Curator of the Wordsworth Trust.  He was awarded an MBE for his services to museums in 2010. 

Cost: £7 (including tea and toast)

Booking in advance as essential as there are only 12 tickets available for each talk and they often sell out. 

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Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH
Tel: +44(0)15394 35544

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