University Short Courses at Wordsworth Grasmere

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Experience the magic of the archive and get up-close with the past with hands-on experiential courses at Wordsworth Grasmere.

‘…the highlight was most definitely the manuscript session: holding an original manuscript from hundreds of years ago in your hands and getting to read the same lines you studied is just an incredible feeling.’ – Student

‘I have a whole new appreciation for Wordsworth, poetry in general, and a whole new mindset that I would have never gained if it wasn’t for the people I met here and the experiences that I’ve had.’ – Student

These tailored experiential courses, which can be delivered in-person or online, will give your students the insights to interpret the past in new and imaginative ways. Skills in close looking, enquiry, discussion and problem solving will be invaluable both during and beyond their time at university. The writing and lives of the Wordsworths in Dove Cottage 200 years ago will come to life through detailed investigation of manuscripts, creative workshops – and simply spending reflective time in this very special place.

‘It was such a treat to explore the cottage and its grounds as well as the artifacts, manuscripts, and remnants of the Wordsworths’ lives. Jeff did such a wonderful job relating every object to not only their daily habits and creative work, but also to the art of museum curation. A great experience all around!’ – Professor Sophie Thomas, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

Courses are delivered by experts from the Curatorial & Learning team at Wordsworth Grasmere, who have been leading these courses for over a decade. One-day or multiple-day, online or in-person, there is something to suit every group, budget and schedule.

‘The students came away with the best sorts of learning: experiential, consequential, culturally sensitive, usefully difficult, and ultimately transformative. I hope to do this again many times in future years!’ – Professor Catherine Waitinas, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Find out more and book by visiting Wordsworth Grasmere’s website: