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The Project

Reimagining Wordsworth will transform Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum into a lively and dynamic destination, a place for creativity, inspiration and enjoyment.

The project will be completed by April 2020, in time to celebrate Wordsworth’s 250th birthday.

We are delighted that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the project a grant of £4.1 million, to help us bring Wordsworth’s story into the 21st century and fulfil his wish that his poetry make us ‘wiser, better and happier’.

Your donation will still make a huge difference to the project. Please click ‘donate’ if you are able to help.

As part of the project, we are currently undergoing a rebrand. This may result in us changing the name of our visitor attraction, Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum, and we would love to hear your thoughts. Please click below to let us know your thoughts.

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.