Wordsworth birthday present
£4.75m for Grasmere transformation
The Heritage Lottery Fund hfs committed £4.75m revamp the Lake District village where William Wordsworth lived and worked, to be completed in time to celebrate his 250th birthday in 2020.
The Wordsworth Museum’s collection, based on his home at Dove Cottage, is to be expanded and existing buildings nearby converted into a central visitor centre.
“No visit to the Lake District is complete without a visit to Grasmere, to experience inspirational poetry in, as Wordsworth wrote, “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found” said the Wordsworth Trust director, Michael McGregor.
“Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, over the next four years we can ‘reimagine’ Wordsworth, bringing his life and work to an even wider audience. The Wordsworth Trust is 125 years old this year - I can’t think of a better birthday present!”