During the year-long celebration of Wordsworth's 250th birthday, his beloved cottage and garden in the Lake District will open to the public again.
The £6.2 million restoration project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be completed by the 7th of April, the poet's birthday.
William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads in 1798.
The new museum will allow visitors to connect with the poet's work in new ways, exploring the house he enjoyed living in with her sister, Dorothy Wordsworth.
Further to the restoration of the house, the orchard garden will be recovered along with a new community sensory garden which will encourage visitors to ‘be Wordsworthian’, slow down and observe nature.
Pause spaces and a new rooftop viewing station will be created, which offers visitors opportunities to stop and reflect on the landscape that inspired Wordsworth’s work and celebrate the intrinsic link between Wordsworth’s writing and the landscape.
Currently in its early stages, the garden will be a haven of meandering trails and hidden nooks, surrounded by beautiful moss-crowned slate walls and filled with the delicate calls of songbirds from the woods above. Visitors will be able to explore traditional Lakeland bee boles (slate stores for bee hives), enjoy the flowers and plants that fill the Wordsworths’ writings and recline in a recreation of their own Moss Hut, the ‘study out of doors’ where William and Dorothy spent their most creative hours at Dove Cottage.
Furthermore, Wordsworth’s moss hut, described by Dorothy as ‘the sweetest place on Earth’, will be recreated. It will be made from sustainable local materials and bring alive the spirit of the original hut. Its purpose is to attention to Wordsworth’s wish that people live in harmony with nature rather than destroying it