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Talk, Sat 4 Aug 2018, £5

The Annual Thelwall Society Lecture

The Annual Thelwall Society Lecture



    The first Saturday in August has become a much-anticipated date in our calendar as The Thelwall Society’s annual Grasmere lecture. John Thelwall, a friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, was a fascinating man who led an extraordinary life campaigning for political democracy and human rights. Each year, a member of the society presents a talk showing why his beliefs and writings are still relevant today. This year’s speaker will be announced on our website in the spring, along with an outline of the chosen topic.

    On this afternoon, we also welcome Michelle Faubert, University of Manitoba, to introduce us to Mary Shelley’s novel Mathilda and Geoffrey Bindman, a Fellow of the Wordsworth Trust, to show some of rare Shelley books in the collection in connection with our summer exhibition In Search of Mary Shelley.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 4 Aug 2018 14:30 to 17:00


    • 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
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

    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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