Special exhibitions at Wordsworth House and Garden

A tractor in a field surrounded by mountains

This year, Wordsworth House and Garden is hosting 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 20 June, National Trust ranger Maurice Pankhurst shares his passion for the trees and woodland forming the beating heart of the ecosystem that sustains us all.

His talk starts at 7.30pm, with coffee, cake and questions afterwards. Tickets cost £5 each, including refreshments.

On 19 September, award-winning author Zoe Gilbert talks about her novel Folk, set in a richly imagined world inspired by the Isle of Man, where people and landscape are bound together by myth and tradition.  

On 10 October, farmer James Rebanks, author of acclaimed memoir The Shepherd’s Life, discusses his experience of living and working in the Lakes.

These talks start at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). Tickets are £10 each including a glass of wine.

Booking is essential for all talks. Get more information and booking details here.

Award-winning author Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk
A woman stands beside an image of a book cover
Award-winning author Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk

Ancient and modern

Our second exhibition, ‘Under Northern Skies’, running from 16 September to 3 November, 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