A trio of talks exploring the discovery of the Lake District 200 years ago through art and writing.

The Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture in Three Parts.

Were visitors to the Lakes just ‘gentlemen in search of the picturesque’? Tony Mehew discusses Peter Bicknell’s The Picturesque Scenery of the Lake District, 1752-1855 (1990), the standard bibliography for books and prints, and revisits the material, geographical area and writers that Bicknell explored in his classic work.

The Reverend John Pering, a Yorkshire clergyman, recorded his 1808 tour of the Lakes in a journal now held by the Wordsworth Trust. David Turner outlines Pering’s fascinating tour and explores key moments and stops in his journey, including a visit to the Wordsworths only weeks after they had moved to Allan Bank.

This autumn the Wordsworth Trust will publish an illustrated edition of the essay that became Wordsworth’s celebrated Guide to the Lakes. Dr Cecilia Powell talks about the challenges and joys of finding images from the Trust’s own outstanding fine art collection to match the grandeur of his prose.

Includes tea and coffee. Free to Wordsworth Winter School participants.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544

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Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit


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