Special exhibitions at Wordsworth House and Garden

A tractor in a field surrounded by mountains

This year, Wordsworth House and Garden will host two major exhibitions focussing on our relationship with the fragile landscapes that surround us.

In ‘This Land is Our Land’ multiple – often contradictory – voices share their passion for the Lake District and their thoughts on its future.

Shaped by thousands of years of human activity, the Lakes are a living landscape where tensions about land use and priorities, and human experience, inspiration and expectations of nature have always been played out.

The recent award of World Heritage Site status reignited debates about how this most prized mountain landscape should best be cared for.

Exhibition contributors, including writers Robert Macfarlane, Sarah Hall, Hunter Davies and George Monbiot, artist Julian Cooper and others living and working in the Lakes, explore nature’s power to mould us and the impact we, in turn, have on the environment.

‘This Land is Our Land’ is open daily, except Friday, until 8 September.

Download the catalogue, which includes all the exhibition text, exhibits and film links.

Neolithic rock carvings at Copt Howe, near Chapel Stile in Langdale
A large rock decorated with ancient carvings
Neolithic rock carvings at Copt Howe, near Chapel Stile in Langdale

A living landscape

As part of a series of linked Thursday evening talks, on 11 April, National Trust General Manager Tom Burditt discusses the opportunities and challenges of looking after the Lakeland landscape.

On 16 May, National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund unearths the human legacy of the Lakes landscape and its international significance. On 20 June, Trust ranger Maurice Pankhurst shares his passion for the trees and woodland forming the beating heart of the ecosystem that sustains us all.

These talks cost £5 each, including coffee and cake.

Award-winning author Zoe Gilbert talks about her novel Folk on 19 September, and on 10 October, farmer and writer James Rebanks discusses his experience of living and working in the Lakes. Tickets for these talks are £10 each including a glass of wine.

Talks start at 7.30pm and booking is essential. Reserve your places here.

National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund will talk at Wordsworth House on 16 May
A man addresses a group of listeners
National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund will talk at Wordsworth House on 16 May

Ancient and modern

Our second exhibition, ‘Under Northern Skies’, running from 16 September to 27 October, is a collaboration with young curators from local communities.

Inspired by Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and working in partnership with Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery and Manchester Museums, they will take over William’s childhood home with displays and installations highlighting today’s environmental concerns.

Admission to both exhibitions is free with entry to the house and garden.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The River Derwent at Grange, in Borrowdale, on a misty day
A misty tree-lined river
The River Derwent at Grange, in Borrowdale, on a misty day