The post below, originally published on the Wordsworth Trust Blog, is by Anna Fleming and details the time she spent in Grasmere as part of her doctoral research.
My thesis, Wordsworth, Creativity and Cumbrian Communities examines the ways that Wordsworth interacted with a variety of local communities, his impact on these communities, and their impact on his poetry. As a collaborative doctoral award student, I am affiliated with both the University of Leeds and the Wordsworth Trust, so as planned, in 2015 I left Leeds and spent a year based at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Whilst I had loved visiting the Lake District for many years as a mountaineering tourist, I was not exactly sure what to expect when I came to live and work in a Cumbrian museum. Yet since Wordsworth’s connection with Cumbria is a key aspect of my research, it was certain that my time in Grasmere would inform my research in a number of different ways. I offer you now an insight into how my time was occupied, my research developed, and the new skills I gained as a result of my time in Grasmere.