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An Afternoon with Dorothy Wordsworth

by Hannah Britton On the afternoon of 18th May, Senior Hospice Nurse Lilian Simmonds addressed a group gathered opposite Dove Cottage and asked us to ponder the question: ‘Why should we read Dorothy Wordsworth?’  So began an afternoon that would take us on a journey in Dorothy Wordsworth’s footsteps, walking across a landscape that she […]

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Discovering Mary Wordsworth through her letters

by Nicole Jacobsen As an intern primarily focused on the curatorial aspects of the Wordsworth Trust, I have the opportunity to work hands-on with many of the Trust’s manuscripts. During the past two months, I have been involved in a project to locate and transcribe all of Mary Wordsworth’s unpublished letters in our collection. The […]

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Carlisle’s Historic Buildings

Growing up in Carlisle I was not familiar with its historic buildings. Of course I’d been to the castle, to look around and go to children’s events. My secondary school prize giving ceremonies were held in the cathedral, and one felt like it had gone on for so long that my friends and I joked […]

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Cataloguing Bewick’s letters

by Martin Hasted The Wordsworth Trust is home to a vast treasure trove of documents extending beyond just the work of Wordsworth himself. Amongst this collection are kept the letters and notes of the engraver Thomas Bewick. These letters reveal all the little details about Bewick’s life, ranging from letters to and from his business […]

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Joseph Wilkinson and the Guide to the Lakes

By Jenny Uglow The Wordsworth Trust has nearly 50 watercolour sketches by Joseph Wilkinson (1765-1831), one of the figures on the fringes of Wordsworth’s life. When I became interested in him a couple of years ago, for a hugely enjoyable Wordsworth Trust day in Grasmere, celebrating local artists, the Carlisle historian Denis Perriam, thought back […]

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Wordsworth’s manuscripts: The Curator’s role

A personal viewpoint by Jeff Cowton MBE What does it mean to ‘better know’ the poetry and prose of William and Dorothy Wordsworth? A new exhibition has just opened in the Wordsworth Museum which, at its heart, is an exhibition about words: their combination and their written form, words written by William and Dorothy Wordsworth […]

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