Monday 10 August to Thursday 20 August 2020
Rydal Hall, Cumbria, England
The 2020 Wordsworth Summer
Conference at elegant Rydal Hall will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary
since Richard Wordsworth’s inaugural conference gathering in 1970. In this celebration
year we will continue the format pioneered 50 years ago by Richard, mingling
lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking,
picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic
interest. Upper and Lower Rydal Falls are within the grounds of the Hall, and
Rydal Mount—Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until 1850—is a two-minute walk away.
By courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust, our opening
night will include a candlelight visit to Dove Cottage, now restored to reflect
the interior the Wordsworths would have known when they lived there. There will
be a separate opportunity to explore the treasures of the Wordsworth Trust’s
collections with the curator Jeff Cowton, and Part 2 will open with a visit to Wordsworth’s
Rydal Mount and garden.
In 2020 our excursions are likely to include an all-day visit to Malham Cove and sublime Gordale Scar, seen below in Turner’s 1808 sketch towards his painting. High points for energetic fell walkers are likely to include ascents of Nab Scar and Great Rigg, Bowfell, Haystacks, and the mighty Helvellyn.
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