The Jerwood Centre

A striking architectural statement and home for our great collection.

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The Jerwood Centre has outstanding facilities for research and conservation

Set in the heart of the English Lakes; a truly inspiring place

The Reading Room contains a major Romantic library featuring many rare first editions

The Jerwood Centre houses the Wordsworth Trust's wonderful collection of paintings

Conservation work is carried out in the cente under controlled conditions

Items in the collection range from letters to albums, personal effects and pictures

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The Jerwood Centre is the permanent home for the Wordsworth Trust’s growing collection of nationally and internationally significant manuscripts, printed books and fine art. We focus on William Wordsworth, British Romanticism and the Lake District. Since opening in 2005, we have established ourselves as a leading centre of research, scholarship and conservation.

Not many people know that over 65,000 items are stored here! We hold over 90% of Wordsworth’s manuscripts, the notebooks in which he drafted and copied his works and a near complete set of first editions of his works. Alongside this are all of Dorothy Wordsworth’s surviving notebooks which make up the Grasmere Journal as well as her verse and prose manuscripts.  

Our fine art collection of the Lake District, including over 9,000 items, captures its rich cultural and social history. We have one of the most comprehensive collections of watercolours, prints and books of this region made from 1750 onwards. Major artists, such as J M W Turner and John Constable, are well-represented, as are lesser-known artists.  

Explore the collection online by clicking here.

This award-winning building is a modern interpretation of a Lakeland ‘bank barn’ and is made of local slate. It provides state-of-the-art protection for the items in our care; temperature, humidity and light levels have to be as constant as possible.  

All the items described above are available to researchers in our reading room, open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30 pm by appointment.

Please contact the Curator to discuss your research interest. In the interests of preservation, certain collections are on limited access; but we shall do what we can help facilitate research. A large collection of biographies, published letters and critical works is also available.

To find out about events and how to visit the Jerwood Centre, please contact us.

Contact the Curator to discuss educational and research use of the Jerwood Centre.

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What's on

Worldmakers: Sarah Corbett, Emily Hasler, Alice Miller

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Poetry events 26
May 2018

Family Yoga

The Foyle Room, opposite Dove Cottage
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Family activities 29
May 2018

Outdoor Explorer Thursdays

The Family Room in The Wordsworth Museum
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Family activities 31
May 2018

Must-see when you visit

The Jerwood Centre

The Jerwood Centre is where our collection is stored under controlled conditions and cared for. If you would like to be shown around please phone before you arrive to check that someone is available.

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Dove Cottage garden

Stroll around the Wordsworths' 'domestic slip of mountain'

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Wordsworth's skates

Wordsworth enjoyed skating on the frozen lakes of the county in the depths of winter. Two very different pairs of his skates survive and can be seen during your visit.

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Wordsworth's tea caddy

Tea was so precious that it was kept in a locked box like this one and Dorothy Wordsworth wrote that it was used at least twice. See if you can find it on your visit.

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