On 7 April William Wordsworth, one of the world’s most famous poets, turned the grand old age of 250. To mark this significant anniversary we have been working on Wordsworth Grasmere’s yearlong campaign to celebrate his work, legacy and continued relevance today.
We were due to reopen Dove Cottage after an authentic restoration to kick off the April celebrations. We were also planning to open a new learning centre, design new walks and plan the reconstruction of the poet’s beloved moss hut. Postponed due to government advice, the celebrations took a different course during this time of lockdown and isolation – but the overriding appreciation for the natural world felt more relevant than ever before.
Highlights included a remotely recorded reading of Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth Grasmere’s royal patron HRH The Prince of Wales for BBC Radio 4 Today, a special feature on BBC Radio 4 Front Row, as well as celebrations of the poet’s continued relevance across Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, I News and FT.
Whilst we continue to monitor the situation daily, we look forward to visiting the Lake District for further birthday celebrations once the new opening date is announced.