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Talk, Sat 9 Jun 2018, £5

The Opium-Eating Editor

The Opium-Eating Editor



    The Opium-Eating Editor: Thomas De-Quincey and 'The Westmorland Gazette'

    Our local paper The Westmorland Gazette was first published 200 years ago in May 1818. A few months later, reportedly at the recommendation of Wordsworth, Dove Cottage resident Thomas De Quincey became its editor. Though it was a time of enormous stress in his personal life, De Quincey used his time as editor to craft a distinct and marketable public voice, and to explore many of the topics that were to shape his future writings, including politics, philosophy and murder as a fine art. Rob Morrison, a De Quincey expert based at Queen’s University, Ontario, will join us via video link to present this talk and a member of our Curatorial team will be on hand to show related items from the collection.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 9 Jun 2018 16:00 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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