Meet the people behind the exhibition in this online celebration.
Dorothy Wordsworth was a remarkable woman. She was a writer, a pioneering walker, a philanthropist, an inspiring gardener and a loving sister and friend. Her manuscripts reveal her powers of observation, her role as her brother’s most important collaborator, and her close and enduring friendships.
Our new exhibition, opening on 23 October, celebrates Dorothy’s 250th birthday and tells her story through her own words and the people who loved and continue to admire her. This event brings together some of the contributors to the exhibition who worked to bring the story of this fascinating woman to life.
Speakers include Dr Joanna Taylor of Manchester University and the Women in the Hills AHRC Research Network; artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth, who worked with young refugees creating artworks responding to Dorothy and the natural world; Jane Caven of Grasmere WI, a group which created Dorothy’s Grasmere Walks, a walking app; Lee Hassell, an artist who worked with members of Barrow and Districts Society for the Blind to perceptions of landscape; Samantha Frank, a researcher who explored the importance of Dorothy’s close friendships with members of the aroace community; and Kathleen Winter, transcriber of Dorothy’s 1830 and 1840 journals and author of Undersong.