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Literary Event, Sat 16 Feb 2019, free entry

Iain Bain: A Celebration

Iain Bain: A Celebration



    Iain Bain, who died in April 2018, will be best remembered as a world authority on 19th-century engraver Thomas Bewick. He built up an incredible collection of manuscripts, papers, books and images over a lifetime of research. The manuscripts and papers came to Dove Cottage in 2013 and have been fully photographed and digitised for free worldwide use. On his death, Iain very generously bequeathed his printed books and images to the Trust, which with the manuscripts, makes Grasmere a centre for Bewick research.

    On what would have been Iain’s 85th birthday, we are joined by Peter Quinn of the Bewick Society and acclaimed author Jenny Uglow to present an afternoon of talks in tribute to his life and collection. There will also be a printing press demonstration using Thomas Bewick woodblock images from Iain’s collection.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 16 Feb 2019 14:00 to 16:00


    Free entry


    • 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
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

    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.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    Plan route to Dove Cottage using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: NY 341070  Lat: 54.45410 Long: -3.01792

    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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