Poetry that ‘will live and do good’. Reimagining Wordsworth by Jeff Cowton


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Part of the Changing Perspectives of a Cultural Landscape talk series, Curator and Head of Learning at Wordsworth Grasmere, Jeff Cowton talks us through the £6million project ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’.

Jeff Cowton Curator and Head of Learning at Wordsworth Grasmere,

Jeff Cowton is Curator and Head of Learning at Wordsworth Grasmere, the Dove Cottage home of writers William and Dorothy Wordsworth between 1799-1808. Jeff has worked at the Trust for nearly 40 years, and is a leading figure in the field of interpreting literary manuscripts on which he has lectured in the USA and mainland Europe. He oversees the Trust’s’ traineeship programme (6 young people spending a year in Grasmere) and in the 1990s played a key role in the development of training standards for the cultural sector. In 2010, Jeff was awarded an MBE for services to museums and he is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria.

The title of Jeff's talk is 'Poetry that "will live and do good". Reimagining Wordsworth by Jeff Cowton. 

It was at Dove Cottage that William wrote most of his greatest poetry, and Dorothy her Grasmere journal. The site, alongside a Government ‘Designated’ collection of 70,000 manuscripts, books and pictures is owned and run by The Wordsworth Trust. A £6m redevelopment project, ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ is nearing completion, in which Jeff has led the re-interpretation of the house and new museum.  In this talk Jeff will discuss this project and the resulting re-interpretation of Dove Cottage and the museum.