The Wildflower Meadow at Swarthmoor Hall

Wednesday March 15, 2017: We ate lunch at the Quaker Meeting house where George Fox lived, at Swarthmoor Hall. We stopped for lunch along the way. Professor Worsley suggested, as we waited for our food, that we “take a look at the wildflowers”—we came upon a breathtaking field of purple crocuses. Some of us decided to lie…

The Journey to Piel Island

We created many “spots of time” along the way to Piel Castle. Jeff drove the minibus along narrow, winding roads bookended by hand-built stonewalls. As we got closer to Piel Island, the waterline of the sea upon first glance looked as if it were above land, part of the sky. Professor Worsley knows the ferryman, and…

Working with Manuscripts and Letters

Thursday March 16, 2017: We spent many hours on Thursday morning delving deeply into manuscripts and unpublished letters, each discovering different things, and then excitedly sharing our discoveries with the group.

HELLO Wordsworth Museum!

Thursday March 16, 2017: We had the opportunity to visit the Wordsworth Museum prior to our work on manuscripts surrounding the death of John Wordsworth, in order to see the display case that Jeff and Alice had asked to reimagine for the Wordsworth Trust. After walking upstairs, we are greeted by a model of a…

The Coffin Walk to Rydal Mount

Thursday, March 16th, 2017: It was a semi-rainy day, and part of the group decided to use our afternoon free time to take a walk  to Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s home in later life, and see the Waterfalls. The hike lasted somewhere between 2.5-3 hours, and probably would have been faster if we kept up the…

Annika’s Archival Discovery

Thursday March 16, 2017: I decided to stay in the library for one of the hikes, opting instead to do some individual research in the archives. While we were in the museum earlier in the day, I had listened to one of the letters describing Catherine Wordsworth’s death. This recording piqued my interest, and I…

John Wordsworth: “A silent Poet!” Exhibit Presentation

From Noah Morton: On Friday, a coin was tossed. Amherst was tails. The coin landed on heads. Amherst went first! We presented our exhibit to two new guests The Robert Woof Director, Michael McGregor and Senior Project Administrator, Marie Batty along with the team of curator who helped us all week. Our exhibit model included…

Learning about Conservation

Friday March 21, 2017: We spent a wonderful morning with the Harvard group in the library. We learned from Jeff and Victoria, the conservator for the collection, about the work of preserving the collection’s fragile treasures. Victoria spoke with us about being a conservator. She detailed her process and the care and deliberation that goes into maintaining the…

Saying Farewell the Jerwood Center

We spent our last hours in the library looking at more treasures, such as a first edition of Frankenstein, and Wordsworth’s copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost, reflecting on our week with some writing, before a farewell reading. “A Farewell” FAREWELL, thou little Nook of mountain-ground, Thou rocky corner in the lowest stair Of that magnificent temple which doth…

The Dove Cottage Soirée

Friday March 21, 2017: Friday evening was our last evening with Jeff, Alice, and the rest of the Wordsworth Trust staff. Jeff had planned a celebratory evening for us all in Dove Cottage, where many surprises lay in store for us. The staff of the Trust plied us, as ever, with a tremendous quantity of…

A Walk up Greenhead Ghyll to read “Michael”

  Saturday March 18, 2017: “No habitation can be seen; but they Who journey thither find themselves alone With a few sheep, with rocks and stones, and kites That overhead are sailing in the sky. It is in truth an utter solitude; Nor should I have made mention of this Dell But for one object…