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Exhibition, Sat 24 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018, £7.95

Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time

Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time



    Dorothy Wordsworth was an accomplished seamstress. Her famous Grasmere journal is scattered with moments of making and mending amongst the writing, walking and glimpses of daily life. We know too that Dorothy owned a beautiful embroidered post bag, which travelled with her almost every day as she walked back and forth from Ambleside to collect letters. Her brother William was also inspired to write a poem after seeing a tiny harp-shaped needle case owned by Edith Southey, daughter of his great friend and fellow Lake poet Robert Southey: ‘a very harp in all but size!’

    This exhibition, led by Phillipa Turnbull, a world-renowned textile expert and founder of the Crewel Work Company, will explore 19th-century needlework in Dove Cottage and beyond. Ladies from the Crewel Work Company’s annual residential programme, based in the Lake District, will create brand new needlework pieces in response to treasures of the Wordsworth Trust collection.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 24 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018 09:30 to 17:30


    The Wordsworth Museum is free with admission to Dove Cottage or £7.95 for an exhibition-only ticket.


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access

    Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum. As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    By Bus: Hop on the regular 599 open top service from Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Sit back, relax and admire the stunning views across the Lakes. The 555 also runs regularly between Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. The bus stops just across the Road from Dove Cottage.

    By bike: There are cycle parking stands near the attraction's restaurant.

    On Foot: There is an easy and safe two-minute walking route from Grasmere to Dove Cottage along Stock Lane. There is also a lakeside path or the Coffin Trail Bridleway which links Grasmere to Rydal near Ambleside. Both are fairly easy-going routes with great views.

    By Car: Leave the M6 at jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal to Keswick road through the Lake District, just South of the Grasmere mini roundabout.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

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