The Collection

The Jerwood Centre, our state-of-the-art library and archive next door to Dove Cottage, is home to over 90% of William Wordsworth’s original verse manuscripts, Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere journal, and many more letters and journals written by the family.

On the shelves of our Reading Room, you will find rare editions by not only Wordsworth, but also his contemporaries: Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft to name a few.

Our art collection of the Lake District includes over 9,000 items, and features works by major artists such as John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.

Browse our extensive collection.

The Wordsworth Trust cares for an internationally important collection of over 68,000 manuscripts, books, personal belongings and artworks relating to the Romantic era, with the Wordsworth family manuscripts at its heart.

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow


If you would like to study items in our collection for a research project, out of interest or simply for enjoyment, then please get in touch to find out more or arrange a visit.

Access to our collection is available by appointment, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

In the interests of preservation, access to certain items has to be limited, but we will do what we can to help you.

Alternatively, you can search our full collection online here.

Treasures of the Wordsworth Trust

As it isn’t possible to display them all in the Museum, we decided to create this page, which we will frequently update with different treasures from our collection.

The objects could be anything from those relating to a special exhibition or anniversary, to items selected by a member of staff, so be sure to keep checking back!

Below are a few of BYU intern Mary’s favourite items. Click on them to learn more.

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