We have spent the first month of the year preparing and planning for Reimagining Wordsworth, our National Lottery Heritage Fund supported redevelopment project, and we are now pleased to be able to let you know more about when we will be open and what you can expect from a visit here in 2019.
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We are especially excited to tell you about the new experience available whilst Dove Cottage is closed, the Discover Wordsworth talk, read on to find out more.
Te museum will be closed for the whole of 2019. This is so we can expand and modernise it, in 2020 you can expect improved and engaging displays, an extended upstairs gallery and new ways of looking at the items in our collection.
Dove Cottage will be closed from January until the summer season, it will open in the summer months for guided tours (exact dates to be confirmed, but currently it is due to open from July to October), and will then close again until 2020. We will work sensitively in Dove Cottage to make it more authentic and look forward to bringing it even closer to the house that William and Dorothy would have known.
From 1 March onwards, when Dove Cottage is closed, there will be a special alternative experience held in our library, the Discover Wordsworth talk. These hour-long sessions will include a film of Dove Cottage narrated by one of our experienced guides, plus time to view the library with objects and manuscripts on display. They will run every hour, on the half hour, every day of the week.
In March the talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 4.30pm. From 1 April until Dove Cottage re-opens they will run from 9.30am, last talk 4.30pm. From 1 November – 23 December the Discover Wordsworth talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 3.30pm.
There may be times when both the Dove Cottage tour and the Discover Wordsworth talk are unavailable or when we are offering the Discover Wordsworth talk instead of the Dove Cottage tour during the summer. This could be due to pre-booked visits, events, or circumstances beyond our control.
We will ensure that we share information about these occasions as soon as we are able to; however it may be that this is with very short notice. Please check our website or call us (015394 35544) the morning before you visit to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.