Meet William’s “exquisite” sister at Wordsworth House

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Without William’s “exquisite” sister, as the poet Coleridge described her, the world might never have heard of one of its best-loved poets – and that means we might never have had a conservation movement – or the National Trust. Big claims? Why not decide for yourself?

As part of the National Trust’s celebration of the centenary of female suffrage, Wordsworth House and Garden’s costumed servants are shining a light on the remarkable life of William’s childhood playmate, secretary and life-long supporter.

To get to know Dorothy better – and reach your own conclusions about her influence – join one of their 10-minute talks on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in term-time at 11.30am.

Passionate sisterhood

You can find out more about the other women who inspired and supported the Romantic poets at a special evening talk by author and historian Kathleen Jones at Wordsworth House on Thursday 20 September. To book the Passionate Sisterhood talk – and get information about the other talks in the series – follow the link.

Kathleen Jones, author of A Passionate Sisterhood, a study of the women behind the Lake Poets
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Kathleen Jones, author of A Passionate Sisterhood, a study of the women behind the Lake Poets