Wordsworth Grasmere prepares to open new museum at Dove Cottage

A WORLD-famous Lakes attraction is preparing to unveil its brand new immersive and interactive museum to visitors next week.

Improvements to Dove Cottage’s museum, the second phase of work at the former Lake District home of the great English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, are now complete and will open to the public on May 18.

The first phase of re-design work at Wordsworth Grasmere opened in summer 2020 and encompassed the conservation and reinterpretation of Dove Cottage itself.

Entering the new, double-height museum orientation space visitors will see quotations by Wordsworth set within a dramatic, full-height light wall.

Visitors then make their way to a former stable space that houses an immersive introductory film, before stepping over the threshold into Dove Cottage.

Returning to the museum via the garden-orchard, visitors can experience four different galleries which explore Wordsworth’s influences and immerses them in his poetry through audio visual spaces and 3D models.

Numerous manuscripts, including 23 of the 24 of Wordsworth’s major life work, The Prelude, are also on display throughout the museum.

Wordsworth Grasmere’s curator and head of learning, Jeff Cowton, said: “We are overwhelmed by the way in which the interpretation and design makes Wordsworth’s words live – you see them in stone and in lights as you arrive and leave; they are at the heart of the introductory film and within the home itself – and they are everywhere in the museum.

“As curator and head of learning, I take special pleasure in seeing the manuscripts on which they are written come alive in the beautiful displays.”

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