Reimagining Wordsworth 250 years on

April 2020 will see the 250thanniversary of the birth of one of the world’s most celebrated poets, William Wordsworth. In anticipation of this major event, The Wordsworth Trust today (xx March 2019) announces further plans for Reimagining Wordsworth, a £6.2 million project to bring Wordsworth’s story into the 21stcentury, highlight…

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Quaker and Quilts

Swarthmoor Hall is visited by people from all over the world, as the place where Quakerism coalesced out of the wider dissenter movement in the turbulent seventeenth century.  From there Quakers spread worldwide, hastened on their way by religious persecution in England and Wales. The historic Hall has an excellent…

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Marmalade awards show global ap-peel of this most British preserve

The 14thWorld’s Original Marmalade Awards, held at Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria, have just closed for 2019. With almost 3,000 entries received from over 40 countries worldwide, they have shown that despite dire predictions about the future of marmalade, far from going out of fashion, it has now firmly become a global…

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Rediscovering the radical Ruskin

Who was John Ruskin? A highly influential Victorian polymath, whose work and ideas inspired revolutionaries such as Gandhi amongst others, Ruskin is greatly underappreciated today. A series of events across the anniversary year aim to reignite the radical flame of Ruskin and introduce him to a new contemporary audience. Much…

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In the Still of the Night

On display at The Gaddum Gallery, Brockhole on Windermere until 1 April 2019 Ben Bush is a self-taught landscape photographer born and based in the North Lake District. Ben’s photographs feature impressive mountain ranges, arching celestial skies, low misty clouds and deep mirrored waters. His collection of work predominately celebrates the…

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Swarthmoor Hall Artists – Winter Exhibition

Local Cumbrian artists Clare Dent, Sophie McKenna and Tam Taylor are coming together for the first time, for an exhibition of their current work. From Thursday 7 February until Sunday 10 March their artwork will be on display in the intimate setting of The Barn Café at Swarthmoor Hall, near Ulverston. All…

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National Trust appeals for North Lakes outdoor volunteers

The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help with the charity’s work at Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth and in the spectacular North Lakes countryside. Poet William’s childhood home needs people to donate a few hours once a week or fortnight. Opportunities include welcoming and chatting to visitors…

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Brantwood opens new exhibition ‘Northerly or Northwest’

16 December – 10 February 2019 ‘Northerly or Northwest’  Exhibition of paintings by Catriona Taylor                                     Incorporating maps and words of the shipping forecast, Catriona’s paintings are inspired by the Scottish coastline and our close relationship with the sea. ‘Again, and again in my painting I am drawn to the sea;…

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Brantwood marks the changing season with Black Sun, Blue Light

A Moving Image & Installation by Patricia Townsend Brantwood, Coniston 12 November – 3 February A star-like object moves in the dark space of Brantwood’s Blue Gallery whilst in the Garden Annexe, the sky has shattered into a cairn of shards. Patricia Townsend is an artist working with the moving…

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