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Exhibition, Sat 5 May - Mon 27 Aug 2018, £7.95

In Search of Mary Shelley

In Search of Mary Shelley



    In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote 'Frankenstein'

    2018 marks the bicentenary of the publication of 'Frankenstein', the literary masterpiece that today is world famous as the source of two of our most enduring archetypes: the obsessive scientist and the almost-human he creates. Lesser known, perhaps, is the story of the teenager who wrote it. Daughter of philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, and wife of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley grew up in a world of political passion and scientific curiosity and within a household at the very centre of the era's radical new thought. This exhibition, curated by award-winning poet and writer Fiona Sampson to coincide with her new biography In Search of Mary Shelley, will explore the circumstances that shaped Shelley as a child and a young woman – the making of the girl who wrote 'Frankenstein'.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 5 May - Mon 27 Aug 2018 09:30 to 17:30


    Entry to 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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