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Making more of collections- Manuscripts, Books and Fine Art

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Dove Cottage

Ambleside

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Introduction to paper based collections – manuscripts, books and fine art

Led by Jeff Cowton, Curator and Head of Learning, Wordsworth Trust

6th December 2017, 11am-1pm for main session and 2pm-3.30pm for tour of house and chance to explore the reading room

Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere

This session will explore the enjoyment, care and interpretation of works on paper in the Wordsworth Trust’s collection, based around the poet William Wordsworth and the story of the discovery of the Lake District 250 year ago – whether these items be in the form of single sheets, home-made notebooks or bound volumes.

Delegates will get the chance to handle original works from the Designated Collection, exploring their make-up (looking for watermarks, for example), trying out techniques used in their creation (making ink and using quills) and generally looking at the clues that tell us something about the creation of pieces from the collection – and how this has changed over time. The session will also involve discussion of how the Trust cares for its collection, and how they use them in interpretation and outreach work. It will be a fascinating and enjoyable day and a chance to get to see how manuscripts have stories that go beyond the words on the page.

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