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Talk, Tue 4 Dec 2018, £7

The Third Lake Poet: Rediscovering Robert Southey

The Third Lake Poet: Rediscovering Robert Southey



    ‘My hopes are with the Dead, anon
    My place with them will be, […]
    Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
    That will not perish in the dust.’

    So wrote Robert Southey in his 1818 poem ‘My Days among the Dead are Past’. Devastatingly (and somewhat ironically), Southey’s posthumous legacy is sorely eclipsed by the celebrity of his fellow Lake Poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, and he’s only vaguely remembered today. But who was he really, and why has history been so unkind to him? Join Assistant Curator (Collections) Poppy Garrett for an exploration into the life of a man who believed that a home wasn’t a home without a great many children and kittens; who penned the first version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and who (controversially!) discouraged Charlotte Brontë from pursuing a career in literature.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Tue 4 Dec 2018 11:00 to 12:00


    Entry includes tea and toast.


    • 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


    Plan route to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum 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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