Wordsworth Trust awarded £4.1 million funding

Artist impression of the Wordsworth museum development Credit: Osprey Communications

The Wordsworth Trust has been awarded £4.1 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the Wordsworth Museum .

The Reimagining Wordsworth project will see the museum expand and modernise.

Improvements will also be made to Dove Cottage, opening up new green spaces and improving access for visitors to give them a better experience.

Work is expected to start early next year and be completed by April 2020, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth.

This is wonderful news. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable us to realise our vision for Reimagining Wordsworth, creating new ways of enjoying Wordsworth’s poetry in the landscape that inspired him."

Michael McGregor, Director of the Wordsworth Trust

In March the government awarded a £3.29 million funding package to three major tourist attractions in Cumbria.

These included Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories; Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, and Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum.