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The Project

The Wordsworth Trust plans to tell William Wordsworth’s story in fresh and exciting ways.  We will do this by Reimagining Wordsworth, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

At Wordsworth’s home in the English Lake District, we will expand and modernise the Wordsworth Museum, make Dove Cottage more authentic, open up new green spaces, improve access, give visitors a better experience, and create exciting activities for everyone.

We will do this by 2020, in time to celebrate Wordsworth’s 250th birthday.

To unlock a potential £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we need to raise £1 million by March 2018.  We can only do this with your support.  Every donation makes a difference.

Please can you make a donation?  Click ‘donate’ to help bring Wordsworth’s story into the 21st century.

The Wordsworth Trust has looked after Dove Cottage for over 125 years. Find out more about our plans to tell Wordsworth’s story in fresh and exciting ways.

Reimagining Wordsworth will create new ways of enjoying Wordsworth's poetry, in the place where it was inspired and largely written.
Michael McGregor, Director, Wordworth Trust -

Individuals from all walks of life can be inspired by the power of poetry. Reimagining Wordsworth will give us the chance to create new spaces and opportunities to bring people closer to poetry, both at Dove Cottage and across Cumbria.


Wordsworth’s poetry had a huge impact in his own time and is still hugely relevant today. Reimagining Wordsworth will bring his writing to life, shining a light on his creative processes and constant search for perfection. New exhibitions, digital technology and outdoor spaces will combine to bring Wordsworth’s writing into the 21st century.


Reimagining Wordsworth will celebrate the powerful connection between Wordsworth’s writing and the inspirational landscape of the Lake District. Visitors will be able to step back into Wordsworth’s time and become immersed in the unique atmosphere of Town End.